This diverse and delicious grain has been farmed in the region for more than 4,000 years.
Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) October 31, 2013
This November, the Tucson, Arizona-based seed conservation nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH(NS/S) announces a series of events celebrating maize, that most iconic of Southwestern crops. Commonly known as corn, this diverse and delicious grain has been farmed in the region for more than 4,000 years and comprises nearly a third of the NS/S seed collection. A pair of fundraiser dinners to support NS/S will showcase a variety of maize-based culinary creations. For a more festive experience, Tucsonans of all ages are invited to the NS/S Conservation Center for a day of learning and activities exploring the tastes and cultural traditions of corn in the desert Southwest.
When the harvests come in, it’s time to feast! NS/S is teaming up with two of the region’s best restaurants to create memorable evenings of exquisite maize-based dishes. Called Amaizing Sense of Place, the dinners will be held on November 10 at Janos Downtown Kitchen in Tucson, and in Phoenix, Arizona on November 17 at Phoenix Public Market Café. Reservations must be made in advance on the NS/S website (nativeseeds.org). All proceeds go to support the organization’s mission.
Maize is truly a magical thing. Worshipped by ancient Mesoamericans, today it is one of the world’s most important agricultural crops. In celebration of the rich Southwestern traditions surrounding corn, NS/S announces the Maíz Mágico festival, which will take place at the organization’s Conservation Center in Tucson on November 16 from 10 am to 2 pm. The exciting event will feature corn in all its forms and flavors, from pinole to tortillas. Attendees can browse a “cornucopia” of maize-themed items for sale, try their hand at tortilla making, sample delectable treats, or take a tour of the NS/S seed bank. Families are welcome, with a suggested donation of five dollars for adults.
About Native Seeds/SEARCH
Founded in 1983, the Tucson, Arizona-based seed conservation nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) preserves and shares the indigenous agricultural seeds of the desert Southwest. Contained within the organization's state-of-the-art seed bank is a living collection of nearly 2,000 crop varieties adapted over centuries by Native Americans and early settlers to the region. NS/S works across diverse areas in seed conservation, distribution, and education to ensure this precious diversity is kept alive, available, and in use across the Southwest and beyond.