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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.

Small Farms and Traditional Indigenous Agriculture

By Lynda Prim, NS/S Conservation Farm Manager. Published on May 1, 2015.

In my work with small scale farmers and traditional indigenous farmers, I have found it valuable to think about “climate smart” agriculture in the framework of resiliency. In agriculture, I think of resiliency has having 3 cornerstones: flexibility, adaptability, and biodiversity.

A Sweet Sign of Summer: Rare Watermelons Are Back

By Sheryl Joy, NS/S Seed Distribution Coordinator. Published on April 22, 2015.

From the rich recesses of the NS/S seed vault, we are happy to bring you four watermelon varieties that have not previously been publicly available. If your garden is a good size for summer’s favorite sprawling vine, check out these varieties!

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