Best Place to Build Your Car in the Desert

Local Motors

There's nothing quite like getting in your car at 120 degrees and playing hot potato with your seatbelt buckle before clicking it into place and bracing yourself for the slow and steady burn of the nylon belt. Let's face it: Cars are not made for the desert, but Local Motors is on a mission to change that. The hottest car on LM's Phoenix roster is the Rally Fighter, a car specifically designed to take on off-road desert terrain and catch the eyes of anyone cruising down I-10. But to get your hands on one, you'll have to help build it. Every car purchase comes with a commitment of either one week or two three-day stretches in which the buyer builds the car alongside one of Local Motor's mechanics — everything from laying brake lines to assembling the Chevy E-ROD LS3 engine. Yield: a uniquely badass (desert) experience.

Whether you have a plot at a community garden or a succulent on your countertop, you're likely contributing to the growth and longevity of plants suited to the Arizona desert. And though seeds of these plants can be snagged at hardware stores and online depots alike, Native Seed/SEARCH hopes to educate the public and support native (and increasingly endangered) desert flora that could disappear faster than a terrarium at a hipster boutique. The Tucson-based nonprofit is home to 1,900 accessions of native arid-lands-adapted crops. And as a hopeful antidote to Monsanto and climate change, NS/S opened a seed library in its retail storefront where library members can check out seeds, grow their own plants, and "return" seeds harvested from their plants so they can be used by other members. Get planting, Phoenix.

3061 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson
520-622-5561
www.nativeseeds.org

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