Tucson's Native Seeds/SEARCH has named a new executive director.
Larrie Warren, an Arizona native who worked in agricultural programs in East Africa until recently, is running the food crop preservation program.
Warren said he plans to emphasize the importance of heirloom varieties of food crops for the environment and people, encouraging them to learn more about healthy living and healthy eating.
Warren grew up in Mesa and served and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.
Native Seeds/SEARCH's programs include a seed bank with nearly 2,000 varieties and a conservation farm in Patagonia.
The organization has 20 paid staff members and a large cadre of volunteers.