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Native Health Traditional and Community Gardens in Phoenix, AZ

By Nancy Reid, Retail Associate. Published March 13, 2018.

It was a brisk Saturday morning, February 24th, when three Native Seeds/SEARCH staff traveled from Tucson to Phoenix to offer assistance with weeding and planting seed at the Native Health Traditional and Community Gardens in Phoenix. Access to the spacious farmland in the heart of Phoenix at Indian School and Central was provided by Agave Farms, a sustainable agricultural demonstration site, plant nursery, and community space. The purpose of the garden is to encourage the growth of healthy native foods for clients of Native Health- a non-profit health and wellness provider.

Understanding and Nurturing Desert Native Bees

By Bill McGuire, NS/S Board Member. Published March 5, 2018.

Do you know that every desert native bee is a wonder woman? The females of these mainly solitary, stingless bees are pollinators supreme in gardens, orchards, and natural spaces. Yet they go about their vital work largely unsupported. It’s time to correct this – and you can be part of the solution!

Growing Teosinte (Zea mays parvaglumis)

By Nancy Reid, NS/S Retail Associate. Published February 5, 2018.

There is so much to learn about the mysterious teosinte that I was stumped when asked to create a report on growing it, so I’ll simply share what I’ve read and observed while studying the plants growing at the retail store in mid-town Tucson, Arizona.

CSG Highlight: Orchard Community Learning Center

By Carly Herndon, AmeriCorps Vista Intern. Published January 18, 2018.

In 2017 NS/S donated over 3,916 seed packets to 157 organizations, and we are ready to kick off 2018 with the next cycle of Community Seed Grants. If you are a part of an organization in the Greater Southwest region that supports educational, food security, and community development projects, then you may be eligible for a Community Seed Grant. Find out how to apply here.

Starting Tomato Seeds in the Desert

Article by Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator and Laura Neff, NS/S Education Assistant Published December 22, 2017.

Tomatoes are one of the most popular garden foods grown by home gardeners. The diversity of tomato varieties and uses have increased dramatically from its original domestication in the tropical climates of Central and South America to the point where now it is use in cuisines from all around the world. While popular, tomatoes can difficult to start from seed because of it's slow maturation rate and sensitivity to heat and frost when young. Tomato should be started from seed indoors at least 8 weeks before the threat of frost has passed. Then once the threat of freezing temperatures has passed and soil warms up the tomato plants can be put outside. For the low desert regions, including Tucson and Phoenix this means that tomato seed starting time correlates to the holiday season of late November through the first week of January. Getting a jump on starting tomato seeds now also ensures that plants will produce fruit before the heat and dry weather of early summer sets in.   

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