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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.

Great Grasshopper Plague of 2017

Published  by Sheryl Joy, Collections Manager on September 17, 2017.

Walk across any patch of ground at the Conservation Farm these days and you’ll meet our uninvited guests. Any step through the grass or the crops fields will set off a multitude of little explosions, hordes of grasshoppers leaping in all directions, clicking away like a whole team of tap dancers. There is a veritable plague of grasshoppers at the NS/S farm this summer. And they aren’t just hopping, they are eating.

Conservation Center Garden Updates: September 2017

Article by Michelle Langmaid, Americorps VISTA Garden and Volunteer Coordinator, published September 14, 2017.

The NS/S Garden Crew has been very busy this summer, and while we’ve had fun, nobody is going to say it has been easy! Our dedicated, albeit small, group of Garden Volunteers has accomplished a lot despite the summer heat with the help of popsicles, cold coffee, and an indomitable sense of humor.

Tale of Two Seed Libraries

By Laura Neff, Retail Associate. Published August 16, 2017.

Three times a year Native Seeds/SEARCH awards programs and community projects that have a focus in education, food security, and community development through our Community Seed Grants (CSG). The grants supply up to 30 free packets of seed per project. The awarded projects range from school garden programs, to starting community gardens, or as we will be highlighting in this post, starting a seed library in a community where there was not one before. All the grant requires in return are updates on the project be sent to NS/S and that there are efforts to save seeds resulting from the grant. Saving seeds from community based projects is an excellent way to make these projects sustainable and more resilient. Successfully saved seeds will locally adapted and grow best at these project locations and the abundance of seed ensures that there will be seed for future plantings and to share with community members to get them interested in growing food.

Adaptation of Ancient Maize to High Elevations of North America

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, Education Coordinator. Published August 8, 2017.

A recently published paper in the journal Science, features research results derived from the Native Seeds/SEARCH maize collection. The international team of researchers concluded that key genetic changes allowed maize to be grown in the U.S. southwest highlands 2,000 years ago, a much colder climate than corn’s tropical origins in the Balsas River Valley of Mexico.

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