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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, March 4 from 12 to 4 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.

Small Farmers Field Day

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Farm in Patagonia
March 25th, 10 AM - 4 PM
This event is intended for small scale farmers to learn more about growing and stewarding heritage and landrace seeds. RSVP required to Nicholas at 520-622-0830 x 106 or Melissa at

Introduction to Seed Saving

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road in Tucson
May 6 - 7, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM each day.
$135 for NS/S Members and $145 for Non-Members. Lunch is included.
This 2-day course is for gardeners, farmers, herbalists, nurseries, CSAs, non-profits, government agencies and everyone concerned with regional, sustainable and diverse agriculture. Scholarships for the course are available to those who have previously participated in our Community Seed Grant Program or Native American Seed Request program. Please email Melissa, Education Coordinator, for scholarship information. Scholarship requests are due by April 15, 2017.  Register here

Arid Abundance Community Potlucks

Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road in Tucson
4-6 PM, One Saturday a month
Every month we focus on a different food plant that either grows wild or is commonly cultivated in our arid climate. We encourage attendees to bring dishes with Sonoran ingredients, every potluck is an educational opportunity to learn how to identify, cultivate, harvest, and use the many food plants that are present throughout the local landscape. Seed Bank and Garden tours during the event .Free event, all ages welcome.

March 18th Cholla Buds
April 22nd Edible desert flowers
May TBD Palo Verde/ Ironwood
June TBD Nopales (Prickly Pear pads)
July TBD Mesquite beans


Spring Plant Sale

Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
Friday, April 14 - Sunday, April 16
Spring vegetable starts, fruit trees, grapevines and herbs.


Mother's Day Plant Sale

Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
Friday, May 12 - Sunday, May 14
Native wildflowers, shrubs, and cacti.


Where to find Native Seeds/SEARCH in the community

Come visit us at community events throughout the Southwest. Contact us at 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.


Cochise County Master Gardeners Conference

Thursday, March 9
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Conference and registration details here.


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

Saturday, March 11
Ajo, Arizona


Tucson Festival of Books - Science City

Sunday, March 11-12
University of Arizona Campus.  Look for us in the Science of Food tent at Science City on the east end of the festival.


Tucson Organic Gardeners Spring Fair

Saturday, March 18, 10 AM - 2 PM
3809 E. 3rd Street, Tucson




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