Get seeds to the people who need them most. Holiday Raffle: "Coati with Pine Cone" by Zeny & Reyna Fuentes. We also strongly encourage recipients to save seeds from the plants they grow to continue the cycle of giving and improve food security. Call 520-622-0830 x113, or toll-free at 866-622-5661 x 113, 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday; For those without internet access, we can mail a print catalog; call 520-622-0830 x113 to request one. Join the email list for garden updates, new seed listings, pantry & gift shop updates and more! Bulk Seed Exchange Program: Native American individuals who have larger farms and have the ability to save seeds can obtain larger quantities of seeds through this program. Community Seed Grant Program: This program is intended for larger, community garden projects. Please, only one order-form per household. No more than 3 packets of any one seed variety per request. Even under frozen storage in a seed bank, seeds lose viability over time. Each accession represents a specific crop "variety" grown by a particular farmer and is individually preserved and maintained. The Retail store is closed at this time due to Covid-19, but WE ARE CONTINUING TO FILL NATIVE AMERICAN SEED REQUESTS. Find more information on saving your own seeds. Over thousands of years, traditional agriculturists have selected and saved seed from plants that expressed a diversity of traits of interest to them or their communities - the ability to mature before the first frost, a sweeter taste, faster cooking time, or resistance to specific insects or diseases. Native American Bank, N.A. The genetic purity of an accession is maintained by preventing cross-pollination between different accessions of the same crop, such as between different corn varieties, and accidental mixing of accessions during collection, storage, harvest or post-harvest processing. The mission of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network (ISKN) is to nourish and assist the growing Seed Sovereignty Movement across Turtle Island (North America). Sealed samples of individual accessions are placed in frozen storage. However, any crop seeds available from NS/S may be requested through this program. Native American identity for this program is self-reported and no tribal identification card is required. In this case, the rainy day is when a crop can no longer be found growing in a farmer's field. The “genetic make-up”, i.e., the specific combination of genes and their frequency, constitutes the genetic integrity of a sample and is considerably more difficult to ensure, particularly over long periods of time. We encourage you to research, plant, save and share our seeds. Roughly two-thirds of the seed varieties in the Native Seeds/SEARCH collection originate with Native American communities in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Among their products you will always find feminized and regular seeds. © 2020 Native-Seeds-Search | Ecommerce Software by Shopify | Designed by WeTheme. © 2020 Native-Seeds-Search | Ecommerce Software by Shopify | Designed by WeTheme. Regenerating aging freezer samples by growing them in the field and producing new healthy, viable seed occurs at the NS/S Conservation Farm in Patagonia, AZ. Make your year end donation today>>. Get seeds to the people who need them most. The seed bank houses approximately 1,900 different accessions of traditional crops utilized as food, fiber and dye by the Apache, Chemehuevi, Cocopah, Gila River Pima, Guarijio, Havasupai, Hopi, Maricopa, Mayo, Mojave, Mountain Pima, Navajo, Paiute, Puebloan, Tarahumara, Tohono O'odham, Yaqui, and other cultures. A bottleneck occurs when a subset of individuals come to represent a larger population. As a national network, we leverage resources and cultivate solidarity and communication within the matrix of regional grass-roots tribal seed sovereignty projects. In fact, they are authorized to sell marijuana in the dispensaries of medical use. It serves as a repository for seeds, guarded in a safe environment for the proverbial "rainy day". We take many precautions to ensure each sample is correctly labeled, seeds are not picked up off the floor, and equipment is cleaned between each use. As the name implies, many of these seeds are born in the green pastures of California. When the seeds from only a few individuals form the basis of the long-term sample, a genetic bottleneck may result. For each accession, duplicate samples are taken in order to have a back-up in case any individual regeneration attempt fails. Purchased in 1997, the Conservation Farm compliments the Seed Bank, which together constitute the basis of our ex situ program. Ex situ approaches involve conserving samples of crop seeds under frozen storage conditions, where they may remain viable (able to germinate) for long periods of time. The NS/S Seed Bank is at the core of our conservation efforts. A seed bank's primary function is to conserve this genetic diversity for the future. NS/S works to ensure that indigenous people continue to have access to these traditional seeds through the Native American Seed Request Program. You can choose from the indigenous seed varieties listed here. You can also choose from any of the seed varieties available to the general public here. Over one-half of the accessions are comprised of the three sisters -- corn, bean, and squash. Periodic regeneration and appropriate sampling protocols, such as saving seeds from many different parents, are the primary strategies we utilize to maximize the likelihood of maintaining the genetic integrity of each accession. These are the seeds with most cultural relevance to Native communities. Native Seeds’ low-desert grow-out site—our Tucson Conservation Center—weathered the 2nd driest monsoon season in Tucson’s history, and the cumulatively hottest monsoon season Tucson has ever seen. All these and more contribute to the rich genetic legacy maintained by the many people and cultures that have inhabited and survived among the coastal deltas, lowland plains, bajadas, and high mountain plateaus contained within the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. Holiday Raffle: "Coati with Pine Cone" by Zeny & Reyna Fuentes. Two of the key challenges to successful regeneration involve maintaining the genetic purity and integrity of each accession. The seed bank houses approximately 1,900 different accessions of traditional crops utilized as food, fiber and dye by the Apache, Chemehuevi, Cocopah, Gila River Pima, Guarijio, Havasupai, Hopi, Maricopa, Mayo, Mojave, Mountain Pima, Navajo, Paiute, Puebloan, Tarahumara, Tohono O'odham, Yaqui…