Landscape and Gardening
Native Vegetable Gardening: Ancient Knowledge, Modern Needs
Now - April 13, 2013
Saturday | 2 - 4 p.m.
- Chris Schmidt, Ph.D., director of conservation at Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson
Gardening in the desert is both challenging and rewarding. Growing food in the Sonoran Desert requires techniques and plant varieties unique to the region. Over millennia, the native peoples of the Southwest developed ingenious farming practices and remarkable arid-adapted crops, which enabled them to elicit abundance from the desert. Join Chris Schmidt, Ph.D., director of conservation at Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson, to learn how you can use these crops and apply this ancient wisdom in your own garden to grow delicious, nutritionally rich, place-based food with as little water as possible. We will discuss the history of agriculture in the Southwest, differences among crops used by different groups in the region, which native crops are most appropriate for low desert gardens (and how to obtain the seeds!), and when you should plant them.
- Class enrollment limit: 25