Conservation Farm Preserves Native American Seeds

on January 29, 2006

Traditional agricultural plants native to the Southwest, including the New Mexico Bolita bean, the Aztec scarlet runner bean and the Tohono O’odham cowpea, can be found on a 60-acre conservation farm in Patagonia (pop. 881). The farm belongs to the Tucson-based Native Seeds/SEARCH organization, which preserves nearly 2,000 seed varieties used by American Indian cultures such as the Havasupai, Hopi and Tarahumara.

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