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People and Seeds

by Melissa Barrow, NS/S Retail Associate, published November 22, 2016.

Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference."
~ Kathy Calvin, CEO and President of the United Nations Foundation

Seeds have always been with us. They appeared on the planet some 354 million years before humans. There has never been a time when humans and seeds did not interplay. They have helped us, taught us, fed us, sheltered us. Seeds have changed us; we have changed seeds.

Proposed Monsanto Development in Pima County

Published November 18, 2016.  UPDATED (see bottom of article) January 4, 2017.

Multinational biotech seed company Monsanto has announced plans to expand operations in Pima County. Currently plans are to establish a 7-acre greenhouse for corn and soybean research in Avra Valley, southwest of the Marana Regional Airport, where land has been purchased. According to reporting in the Arizona Daily Star, Monsanto and Pima County began discussions in March 2016 regarding economic incentives, and according to other media sources, the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) has been working with Monsanto for more than a year to provide research assistance for the project.

Farm Field Day Recap

Article by Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator, published September 27, 2016.

Last weekend Native Seeds/SEARCH hosted over 100 participants at our Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona for a field day. The event provided an opportunity for people to learn more about growing crops for seed, seed processing, heritage varieties, aridlands agricultural techniques, as well as enjoy beautiful weather and setting of the farm.

How to Save Watermelon Seeds

Article by Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator, published July 28, 2016.

Nothing says summer like crisp, sweet, refreshing watermelon. In honor of National Watermelon Day on August 3rd, we thought we would encourage growers to save seeds of their favorite watermelon varieties. It is easy, fun, and delicious! Even the tiniest of seed savers can get in on the fun. Saving watermelon seeds is a great activities for kids and the kid inside every adult.

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