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Barney Burns Celebration of Life

Please join us at the Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center on November 2, 2014, to celebrate the life of NS/S co-founder Barney Burns. Services will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and will be followed by a potluck and music from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. All are welcome.

Sunday, November 2, 2014
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center
3584 E River Rd, Tucson AZ
(across from Brandi Fenton Park)

Recovering and Reviving Our Original Diet

By Elizabeth Pantoja, NS/S Conservation Intern. Published September 25, 2014.

Recently I came across some great information put together by Aztec Stories that talked about the importance of including our original foods in our present diet. By this I mean eating foods that have originally grown here in this western hemisphere prior to European contact, prior to 1492. Both a group of Indigenous educators and myself were having a discussion with students about why these foods were important and many of the young students were not aware of some of these foods and had never tasted what was once a common staple of their Ancestors. The answer to why is clear.

Diversity in Amaranth

By Joy Hought, NS/S Research & Education Program Manager. Published on September 20, 2014.

A few days ago we harvested mature stalks from about 15 amaranth accessions at the NS/S Conservation Farm, in preparation for our workshop on October 4th. Melissa, our Conservation Program Manager, then creatively rigged them up back here at the seed bank, upside down in grain sacks to catch any mature seeds as they dry. In our work we talk about diversity all the time, but it’s delightful to see it so clearly in a community of plants that have been stewarded over millennia among different peoples and geographies. It sort of overtakes you when you’re standing amongst them in the field, each one with its own particular beauty.