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Adopt-A-Crop 2018 Finale

By Nicholas Garber, Conservation Program Manager. Published December 21, 2018.

Our Adopt-A-Crop campaign depends on our members and donors to help us cover the costs of identifying at-risk accessions; planting, growing, harvesting, and then processing seed; and preparing new long-term samples for the future of selected irreplaceable plants. For this year’s tepary bean Adopt-A-Crop, we deepened our commitment to the future of this perfect plant by partnering with farmers to grow the beans in their fields and in or near the seeds’ communities of origin. We see an agricultural future where the seeds in this collection are once again grown in fields and served at meals, and the work with farmers this season helped us to see what success really looks like even when harvests fail.

Staff Picks: Guide to Local Gifts

Published December 10, 2017.

Updated December 18, 2018.

Are you buying gifts for a gardener? A foodie? Or someone longing for a piece of the Southwest? Perhaps you are making your own holiday list? The Native Seeds/SEARCH staff has gathered up our favorite gift ideas to take the guesswork out of shopping. Your purchase helps support the mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH to save, share, and educate about arid-adapted seeds from the Southwest United States and Northwest Mexico.

Connecting with DiMeglio Arugula

By Liz Fairchild, Seed Distribution Coordinator. Published December 5, 2018.

Some days, our work at NS/S is mundane: data entry, weeding, grantwriting. Other days, we are viscerally reminded that what we do touches deep into the past, and can rekindle connections with those long gone, whose work and effort we may have forgotten –or never known. I have a story about one of these connections.

Pay it Forward this #GivingTuesday


"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
--Winston Churchill

What is #GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 150 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. We invite you to join us this Tuesday, November 27, 2018, to kick start the movement and to help get out the give.

How to Save Your Tomato Seeds

By Laura Neff, NS/S Education Assistant. Published October 12, 2018.

Tomatoes are not only one of the most popular garden veggies to grow, but the experience of saving their seeds is a unique one that won’t soon to be forgotten. The whole production is a tactile and olfactory wonder. These tasty nightshades are “double dippers”. This means that your beautiful piece of fruit is edible at the same time its seeds are mature and ready to be harvested and saved (as a contrast, consider lettuce: in order to harvest its seed you have to let the plant mature to the point where the leaves are quite bitter and to some, less palatable.).

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