The Southwest Center’s W.K. Kellogg Program in Food and Water Security recently co-hosted and sponsored the first International Seed Library Forum in Tucson from May 3-6 2015.
More than 160 participants from eight countries discussed the emerging social movement of seed movement of free access seed libraries, which already includes 400 sites in public and school libraries, food banks, co-ops and ecology centers.
In 1981, the nonprofit seed conservation organization Native Seed/SEARCH hosted the first national grassroots seed conference in Tucson to better meet the community’s need for access to quality seeds.
Thirty-five years later, ensuring community access to seeds remains a vital issue. In order to promote further dialogue and cooperative action, the University of Arizona is among those hosting the first International Seed Library Forum, from Sunday through Wednesday.
The first International Seed Library Forum will be held in Tucson, Arizona May 3-6, 2015, in an effort to further coalesce efforts by public libraries, non-profits, universities, and food banks to increase the quality and diversify the means of managing community seed resources with free or affordable access to low-income households.
Please register online at Eventbrite at your earliest convenience.
Regional water planners last month made a prediction that will likely be a game-changer for Arizona’s economy, revealing just how water scarcity will restructure the future of our food security. As early as 2017, drought in the Lower Colorado River’s watershed could lead to irrigation rationing for central Arizona agriculture.
Planners suggest that Arizona’s farms irrigated by Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs through Central Arizona Project…
With future generations in mind, may my family and friends never leave the land we steward poorer, nor its water scarcer than conditions were before we acquired responsibility for their care.
May we keep land meant to be farmed from being de-veloped, and re-envelope it with people dedicated to keep its inherent productivity in tact into perpetuity.
At dawn on this year’s spring equinox, a group of people gathered in Patagonia, Arizona, to declare the Sonoita Creek – Upper Santa Cruz River watershed the Pollinator Capital of the United States. An interpretive sign, erected in a pollinator garden on Patagonia’s village green, noted that hundreds of species of native bees, dozens of species of butterflies and moths, fourteen species of hummingbirds, and two species of nectar-feeding bats regularly frequent the native flowers in this semi-arid landscape.
But the Patagonia community has not merely been interested in how much pollinator diversity has been recorded throughout this watershed. Its citizens and its nonprofit and for-profit organizations have joined forces to catalyze the Borderland Habitat Restoration Initiative, which aims to ensure a safer place for pollinators, their nectar sources, and, in the case of butterflies and moths, their larval host plants.
Please join us for a field course of Heritage Foods of the Borderlands!
Our journey begins in Tucson at the San Agustin Mission Garden, follows the Santa Cruz River south (upstream) toward the border visiting the San Xavier Coop Farm, Santa Cruz Chili and Spice Company, and Avalon Gardens, up to Patagonia and the Native Seed/SEARCH Conservation Farm and ends at the Overland Trout Restaurant in Sonoita.
Heritage Agri-tourism as a Strategy for Promoting the Recovery of Heirloom Vegetables, Grains, Fruits and Rare Breeds
Heritage tourism offers a very real way to know the unique character and flavors of a place, and the mere act of tasting these foods is key to the revitalization of our local foodways culture.
Traditional foods hold more than the imprinting of the people who have made them over time; they are filled with the stories of generations, if not millennia of the bond between humans and the place itself.
A third of a century ago, an unprecedented grassroots movement emerged from American soil.It is a movement that is still alive, one for which Heirloom Gardener magazine has become the freshest and mostly-widely read source of information and inspiration. It may well be worth your while to reflect on the origins of the social change movement to which you belong, for it is a wellspring of food diversity, and as such, an important counter-current to modern agriculture.