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The Story of Glass Gem Corn: Beauty, History, and Hope

If you’ve spent any time online recently, you might have noticed a striking photo making its rounds. Feast your eyes on Glass Gem corn: a stunning, multi-colored variety that has taken Facebook and the blogosphere by storm. With its opalescent kernels glimmering like rare jewels, it’s easy to see what the buzz is about. This is some truly mind-blowing maize.

For the staff here at Native Seeds/SEARCH, the viral explosion of interest in Glass Gem has been thrilling—but not surprising. As the proud stewards of this variety (along with the bioregional seed company, Seeds Trust) we are lucky enough to have grown and admired this extraordinary corn ourselves. Rest assured, this is no Photoshop sham. It is truly as stunning held in your your hand as it is on your computer screen. When you peel back the husk from a freshly harvested ear to reveal the rainbow of colors inside, it’s like unwrapping a magical present. And this is a gift that is meant to be shared far and wide.

Upcoming Events

Native Seeds/SEARCH Events

 

Seed Processing Work Day

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road in Tucson
Saturday, January 21 from 9 AM to 1 PM
We had excellent harvests from 2016 mean we have LOTS of seed to process and clean. Come help out and learn about seed saving. No RSVP required. Come for all or part of the event. Children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Valentines Weekend Wildflower Plant Sale

Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson
February 10-14
10 am - 5 pm each day
Find a colorful assortment of native wildflowers. Members get 10% off all purchases. Come early for the best selection.

Where to find Native Seeds/SEARCH in the community

Come visit us at community events throughout the Southwest. Contact us at info@nativeseeds.org if you are interested in hosting NS/S at a community event such as a public talk, festival, or farmer's market.  Please include location, time, possible honorarium, and details about the type of audience and expected number of individuals. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Preparing for Spring Planting - Public Talk

Phoenix Public Library, Mesquite Library Meeting Room, 4525 E. Paradise Village Parkway N. in Phoenix.
Saturday, January 21 from 11 AM to 12 PM
Gardening in the desert is all about timing and the right vegetable varieties. Get the basics from a Native Seeds/SEARCH expert - what to plant this spring, arid-adapted varieties that thrive in our area, and tips and tricks to get you on the road to a successful spring garden.

 

Baja Brews: Special Creations Brewed with Local Honey and Local Botanicals

Thursday, January 26, 6 to 8 PM
Cafe al la C'art, 150 North Main in Tucson
Join Edible Baja Arizona and local craft breweries for the fourth Baja Brews Tasting Event. Every eight weeks, Baja Arizona’s breweries are working with different locally originating ingredients to craft special beers just for the event. All proceeds from the $15 donation benefit four amazing Tucson nonprofit organizations that are working to improve food security in our community: Desert HarvestersNative Seeds/SEARCHIskashitaa Refugee Network, and Trees for Tucson. Tickets available here.

 

Arivaca EcoFest - Information Booth, Retail Sales, and Workshop

Saturday, January 28
Arivaca Arizona. Visit the website for more information.
10 AM to 4 PM
Join Native Seeds/SEARCH at this sustainability festival. In the afternoon we will present a free 1-hour Basics of Seed Saving Workshop.

 

Pima County Seed Library Birthday Bash - Information Booth and Seed Saving Demonstrations

Saturday, February 4 from 2 PM to 4 PM
Joel D. Valdez Public Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson
Join Native Seeds/SEARCH in celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Pima County Seed Library. Hands on activities and fun for the whole family.

 

Preparing for Spring Planting - Public Talk

Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix
Saturday, February 4  at 9 AM
Gardening in the desert is all about timing and the right vegetable varieties. Get the basics from a Native Seeds/SEARCH expert - what to plant this spring, arid-adapted varieties that thrive in our area, and tips and tricks to get you on the road to a successful spring garden. Link to event information.

 

Seed: The Untold Story - Seed Swap and Movie Screening

Sunday, February 5
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. in Tucson
Swap begins at 12:30.  All are welcome and encouraged to bring seeds. Movie begins at 2:00 and is followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are required for the movie.  Visit the Loft's website for more details.

 

Ajo Food Festival - Information Booth, Retail, and Food Samples

Sunday, March 11
Ajo, Arizona

 

 

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