After learning about the work Mark Shepard has done to 'self select' plants that thrive in his environment I'm interested in finding seeds that at least have a family history of dealing with desert conditions. I'm in Tucson, Arizona (zone 9) looking for Leucaena leucocephala and Elaeagnus angustifolia (both non-native). I don't think I have the time or patience to create a landrace strain of my own. Is there an online vendor from a desert region? If this topic has been discussed previously please point me to it.
I don't know about either of those in particular, but you've got one relatively native desert plant already at your disposal - Mesquite! it's quick growing, nitrogen-fixing, and has edible bean pods(for both man and beast)!
Experimenting and growing on my small acre in SW USA; Fruit & Nut trees w/ annuals, hoping to get Chickens, rabbits, and in-laws onto property soon.
Long term goal - Furniture & Luthier Stay-at-home farm dad.
Thanks - I've been using Mesquite but I believe other trees offer much better nitrogen fixing. Native Seeds is great, I highly recommend them. Unfortunately they don't offer much for nitro fixers outside of their beans and peas.