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Recipe for Fresh Corn Tortillas

Rations for the Native Seeds/SEARCH farm apprentices are largely based on food that is grown at the Conservation Farm. They have access to a wide variety of dried corns and beans at the farm, and these foods have become staples. If you visit the farm, you are sure to witness the making of "daily bread" — corn tortillas!

Here is some information about how to make fresh corn tortillas, and a recipe for our take on garlic bread. This post is provided by the 2013 farm apprentices: Danielle, Matt, Pablo, Travis, and Francesca.

News from the Conservation Farm: Apprentice Updates

The News from the Conservation Farm Blog posts are written by the 2013 farm apprentices Danielle, Matt, Pablo, Travis, and Francesca.

Since early April, the Native Seed/SEARCH Conservation Farm has been home to a new team of awesome apprentices. Through this blog, we will bring you regular updates of our activities on the farm, and share our photos, recipes and ideas.

Famine-Stricken Tarahumara Reunited with Native Seeds from NS/S Collection

The Tarahumara Indians occupy remote slopes and deep canyons of the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua and Durango, Mexico, where they have retreated from the oppression of the modern world. Also known as the Rarámuri, or “foot-runners,” they are renowned long-distance runners with incredible endurance often fueled by consuming pinole made from their traditional popcorn and energy-boosting drinks from their native Chia seeds. They are also highly proficient dry-land subsistence farmers growing diverse crop varieties from seed handed down through generations.

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Tarahumara families grow nearly all their own food, relying on the beneficence of nature for their survival. However, a decade-long drought combined with unseasonable cold snaps has challenged even the resourcefulness of these indigenous farmers and their hardy seeds. These climate extremes have taken a toll on the Tarahumara, who are now facing serious food shortages after repeated crop failures. As the crisis deepens, desperation has set in. Some villagers are beginning to leave their traditional lives to find work in the cities, while others struggle to survive on dwindling reserves.

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.

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WHERE TO FIND US IN THE COMMUNITY

Desert Native Bees Workshop

Saturday, May 12, 2018
2 PM - 3 PM
Mesquite Library, 4525 E Paradise Village Parkway North, Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Saturday, May 26, 2018
3 PM - 4 PM
Agave Library, 23550 N 36th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85310
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This workshop empowers you to create an environment that fosters successful native bee populations in gardens, orchards, and natural spaces. Learn about these vital pollinators by reviewing basic information about native bees and their contribution as pollinators, focusing on key species and their life cycles, and reviewing best plants for native bees. Information and examples of how to make your own native bee nest from repurposed materials will be presented so that you can start attracting native bees in your area. Facilitator is Bill McGuire, a desert gardener, and native bee enthusiast. Bill is on the Board of Directors for Native Seeds/SEARCH, a regional agricultural seed conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona.


Basics of Saving Seeds in Your Vegetable and Flower Gardens

Saturday, April 21st
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Agave Public Library, 23550 N. 36th Ave, Glendale, AZ
Have you wanted to learn more about how to save seeds from your garden but not sure how to get started? Then join us for an introduction to the basics saving seeds including reasons why you should, basic botany for gardeners, tool and equipment recommendations, and tips and tricks to get the most out of saving seeds. Saving seeds from your delicious and best producing vegetables and beautiful flowers provides locally adapted seeds for your own garden needs and a nearly limitless supply to share with your community.
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An Evening with Janos: Celebrating Tucson's Culinary Master

Saturday, April 27th
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Carriage House, 125 South Arizona Avenue, Tucson
Enjoy an evening celebrating renowned Tucson chef, Janos Wilder and his 25+ year commitment to the Tucson culinary and non-profit scene. Pulling from the Janos recipe archives, a selection of Tucson's local chefs who have worked alongside or draw inspiration from Janos will collaborate on this heritage dinner. Enjoy an agave-inspired cocktail happy hour and 4-course wine dinner. Selected pieces from the personal collection of NS/S founders Barney and Mahina Burns will be for sale at the event.
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Phoenix Public Market - Pop-up Shop and Workshop

Every 3rd Saturday 
8 AM - 1 PM
721 N Central Avenue (Central and McKinley)
Join us for a pop-up shop during the weekly Saturday farmer's market. We will have seeds for our favorite varieties to plant in the Phoenix area, heritage food products, and information for you to succeed with your garden. Occasionally we will also have seasonally appropriate plant starts. Facebook Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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