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Why The Nonprofit Seed Conservation Group Native Seeds/SEARCH Is In Higher Demand Than Ever

Native Seeds/SEARCH has worked to conserve the agricultural and biological diversity of plants in the Southwest since the mid-1980s.

Today, it’s become an essential resource for many — offering Native American communities, farmers and gardeners across the region arid-adapted seeds that help them survive and thrive. Now, they’re in higher demand than ever.

As we’ve seen Native American communities get hit hard by COVID-19, the pandemic has also highlighted other issues in terms of food supply and availability for indigenous people across the country.

That’s where Native Seeds/SEARCH comes in.

The Show spoke with Noah Schlager more about the a nonprofit seed conservation organization based in Tucson. Schlager is the organization's conservation program manager and a descendant of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.