The nonprofit mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH is to conserve and promote arid-adapted crop diversity to nourish a changing world. We work within the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico to strengthen regional food security.
Please join us in this necessary work.


Introducción a Guardar Semillas - En Español

Introduction to Seed Saving - In Spanish

NS/S tiene el gran placer de ofrecer, por primera vez llevado a cabo en su totalidad en español, el taller de introducción a la conservación de semillas este 7 de Marzo del 2015. Este curso se desarrolla en colaboración con el Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona y el Western Institute for Leadership Development, con el objetivo de dar acceso a todos los residentes de Arizona y de la frontera las técnicas de la conservación de semillas. Este es un curso piloto que nos ayudará a desarrollar más programación educativa para hispanohablantes. El taller se ofrece una tarifa rebajada y se dispone de becas para quienes las necesiten.

NS/S is excited to offer our first introductory seed saving workshop entirely in Spanish, on March 7, 2015. Development of this course is in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Western Institute for Leadership Development, with the goal of making seed saving skills accessible to all residents of Southern Arizona and the borderlands. This is a pilot course that will help us develop future educational programming for Spanish-speakers. The workshop is being offered at reduced cost, and scholarships are available for those in need.

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Demonstration

Monday, February 2
10 AM - 4 PM
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Join us to learn more about the beautiful artistry of pottery produced and painted by master potters from the village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico. We will have a large representation of Mata Ortiz pottery for sale, as well as painting demonstrations by Master Artist Oralia Lopez. Oralia Lopez has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs. She is most famous for her unique pattern of graduated squares and triangles, drawn with such exactness that the secondary design of diamonds is produced. The designs are painted on white clay with black, red and white paints. Like all of the members of her family Oralia uses paints mixed from local minerals.

Valentine's Weekend Plant Sale

February 13-15, 2015

10 AM - 2 PM
Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store
3061 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719

Find something pretty or spicy for your sweetheart at Native Seeds/SEARCH. Locally grown wildflowers, chiltepins, and chile pepper plants will be available during our Valentine's Day weekend plant sale. Members only hours are Friday, February 13 from 9-10 AM. NS/S members recieve 10% off all plants. Sign up to be a member at the sale an receive 15% off plants. Come early for the best selection.

Cowpea Season

By Sheryl Joy, NS/S Seed Distribution Coordinator. Published on December 23, 2014.

‘Tis the season … when the humble cowpea has its moment of fame! For those with African-American or Southern roots, Hoppin’ John is the traditional meal on New Year's Day. There are many variations on the Hoppin’ John recipe, but one ingredient is absolutely necessary: black-eyed peas.

Introduction to Seed Saving

April 11-12, 2015
Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center
3584 E. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Native Seeds/SEARCH announces a 2-day seed saving course. This course is for gardeners, farmers, herbalists, nurseries, CSAs, non-profits, government agencies and everyone concerned with regional, sustainable and diverse agriculture. Learn more about this course.

Native Seeds/SEARCH Names New Director

Larrie Warren has been named Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH, a nonprofit seed conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. He assumed the position on November 10. Chris Schmidt, Interim Executive Director since February, stays on in a senior managerial role and as grants administrator.

In making the announcement, Cynthia Anson, chairman of the Board of Directors of Native Seeds/SEARCH, said, “We are excited to welcome Larrie. He brings both a deep connection to the Greater Southwest and a global perspective on the value of our work."

Warren brings more than 20 years of leadership experience working with international development and program management. He has worked most recently with food relief in troubled areas of East Africa, witnessing firsthand the need to build resilient and sustainable local food systems.