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It’s time to recognize the organizations that have food crops diversity, making 2000+ varieties more widely and affordably available

As Tucson, Arizona comes up on its second anniversary as the first UNESCO – designated City of Gastronomy in the U.S., it’s time to recognize the many organizations that have explored innovative means ensuring that people of all colors have better access food crop diversity, making 2000+ varieties of 340 wild and cultivated species more widely and affordably available:

Pima County Public Libraries’ free seed libraries; the Desert Legume Project; Desert Harvesters; Desert Survivors Nursery; Trees for Tucson; Ishkashitaa Refugee Network; San Xavier Co-op Farm; Community Food of Southern Arizona; International Refugee Committee; Tucson Unified School District’s school gardens; LEAF Network; Mission Gardens; Tohono Chul Park; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; Civano Nursery; Tucson Village Farm; Community Gardens of Tucson; Market on the Move; Native Seeds/SEARCH, the Food Conspiracy; Pima County Parks and Rec, Edible Baja Arizona and many others.


We humbly stand between
Gnarly desert trees
With their tenacious roots and
Microscopic seeds
With their capacity to land
Nearly anywhere, including
The hands of the hungriest
Amongst us. I hope we learn
Something from them all.

-Brother Coyote



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