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Adopt-A-Crop 2017 Update

Article by Nicholas Garber. Conservation Program Manager. Published December 11, 2017

Last May, Native Seeds/SEARCH announced our 2017 Adopt-a-Crop campaign. During our campaigns we draw upon NS/S members and supporters to provide financial assistance with growing out rare and endangered seed varieties form the Seed Bank Collection to obtain fresh seed and ensure the long-term survival of the varieties. This year’s campaign focused on Drum Gourds, Fort Apache Sunflower, Rio Lucio Pumpkin, Tohono O’odham June Corn, and Wild Scarlet Runner Beans. We are forever grateful for the support we received which allowed us to grow out these seed varieties and several dozen other collections. Supporters who donated $100 or more will receive a seed packet of their adopted crop.

Staff Picks: Guide to Local Gifts

Published December 10, 2017.

Are you buying gifts for a gardener? A foodie? Or someone longing for a piece of the Southwest? Perhaps you are making your own holiday list? The Native Seeds/SEARCH staff has gathered up our favorite gift ideas to take the guesswork out of shopping. Your purchase helps support the mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH to save, share, and educate about arid-adapted seeds from the Southwest and Northwest Mexico.

Fall Planting for Spring Blooms

Originally By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, Education Coordinator. Published October 16,2013.
Updates By Laura Neff, Education Associate. Published November 9, 2017.

Spring wildflower season is one of the desert’s most colorful periods. But planning for those multicolored displays in the spring requires planning in the Fall.  The prime time to plant spring flowers in the low desert areas of southern Arizona is during late September through early December.  Most spring blooming wildflowers benefit from the cold temperatures of winter and begin their life cycle when the winter rains come.

Cool Season Growing in the Low Desert

Article by Laura Neff, Education Assistant, published October 19, 2017.

We are lucky in the Southwest. Generally, we are lucky because of our beautiful ecosystem, but more specifically because we can grow year-round. There is always something that can be planted. The trick is knowing what to plant and when. What is usually a period when gardeners across much of the country are hanging up their tools, the fall and winter are seen as the easier times to grow in the low desert. Because of the mild climate during our cool season, there are few outside factors that can get in the way of a successful harvest. It is a time that a person can really BRAG about their garden. The trick is, knowing what to grow.

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