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Benne: From Africa to Southwestern Kitchens and Gardens

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator.

Agriculture in the American southwest is a mix of regionally domesticated varieties, from tepary beans that have been cultivated here for several thousand years to watermelons or wheat which were introduced from other areas but have been grown here for a few hundred years. These later introductions are now central to our regional food heritage. A more recent introduction, sesame, also has the potential to be a part of our regional agricultural traditions.

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.

Farming for Resiliency at the NS/S Conservation Farm

By Lynda Prim, NS/S Conservation Farm Manager. Published on May 18, 2015.

Farming systems all over the world are facing complex problems in terms of food production related to natural resource depletion, climate change, and increasing food demand. In order to deal with the future of producing food on our planet, farmers will need to adapt to continuously changing conditions while taking steps to make their farming systems resilient in a changing climate.

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