By Nicholas Garber, Conservation Program Manager. Published December 21, 2018.
Our Adopt-A-Crop campaign depends on our members and donors to help us cover the costs of identifying at-risk accessions; planting, growing, harvesting, and then processing seed; and preparing new long-term samples for the future of selected irreplaceable plants. For this year’s tepary bean Adopt-A-Crop, we deepened our commitment to the future of this perfect plant by partnering with farmers to grow the beans in their fields and in or near the seeds’ communities of origin. We see an agricultural future where the seeds in this collection are once again grown in fields and served at meals, and the work with farmers this season helped us to see what success really looks like even when harvests fail.
Our expanding garden at the Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Center in Tucson was home to the Pima Beige and Brown tepary beans. Like so much of the collection, these beans have been grown in rhythm with the natural cycles of the desert... Continue Reading