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.
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Adopt A Crop 2015

Help Protect and Preserve Rare or Endangered Varieties


You must give to get, you must sow the seed, before you can reap the harvest -- Scott Reed

Many of the seeds we steward are either rare in occurrence, threatened by loss of habitat, or in danger of extinction as supplies are small. Keeping them in a seed bank is not enough to ensure their availability for generations to come as seeds age and lose viability. Getting these seeds back in the ground is a necessary means to produce fresh, viable stock and to have plentiful quantities to provide even more seeds to more people.

Celebration of Tepary Beans (Part 2)

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator. Published on June 18, 2015.

Tepary beans are one of the most heat and drought tolerant crop varieties in the world. These traits are the result of centuries of adaptation to the unique growing conditions of the Southwest, the ultimate heritage local food. And what makes them even better is that they are delicious and packed with nutrition. What’s not to love! Because most people have not heard of tepary beans, let alone tried them, we put together the following descriptions and recipes.

Celebration of Tepary Beans (Part 1)

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator. Published on June 11, 2015.

Wanted: A crop alternative that can handle arid conditions and scorching sun during this current era of mega droughts and rising temperature. An option that tastes great and is nutritious is a major plus.

Introducing ADAPTS, the NS/S Public Collection Database

Native Seeds/SEARCH is excited and proud to unveil a new online portal for exploration of the rich crop diversity maintained by the NS/S seed bank. The ADAPTS platform is designed to connect you with varieties in the NS/S collection that are most relevant to your unique needs. Are you a gardener in Phoenix looking for watermelon varieties from locations with similar climates, or a farmer interested in high elevation beans? ADAPTS can help point the way.


ADAPTS was developed with generous grant funding from the Gila River Indian Community and represents part of a larger effort by NS/S to develop resources for climate change resilience in the Greater Southwest.

Introduction to Seed Saving

At Native Seeds/SEARCH, we believe that stewarding humanity’s rich crop biodiversity is the shared joy and responsibility of communities everywhere. For every beautiful, nutritious heirloom variety that remains with us today we can thank the people who treasured it and carried on the time-honored ritual of saving seeds. Join us in learning the art and science of seeds, and be empowered to help shift humanity toward more sustainable and nourishing food systems. Introductory courses are offered at our Conservation Center twice a year, in April and September.