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Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona, as well as the permaculture designer and orchard-keeper of Almuniya de los Zopilotes Experimental Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the local-food movement and grassroots seed conservation, Nabhan was honored by Utne Reader in 2011 as one of twelve people making the world a better place to live. A recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award, his twenty-four books have been translated into six languages.

    Gary Paul's Upcoming Events

    • Gary Paul Nabhan at the Petaluma Seed Bank
      199 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma CA
      April 23, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Gary will give a public lecture at the Petaluma Seed Bank on Wednesday, April 23rd @7pm. FREE and open to the public, but registration is required (link coming soon). Copies of "Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land" will be available for sale and signing following the talk.

    • Gary Paul Nabhan at UC Davis
      One Shields Avenue, Davis CA
      April 24, 2014, 5:30 pm

      Gary will give a public lecture at UC Davis on April 24th as a part of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute Speaker Series. The talk will take place 5:30-7:30pm in the Student Community Center. Hosted by the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Studies.

    • Gary Paul Nabhan at Point Reyes Books
      11445 California 1, Point Reyes Station CA
      April 25, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Point Reyes Books will host Gary Nabhan for a book talk and signing on Friday, April 25 @ 7pm at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church. Gary will speak about his book, "Growing Food in a Hotter Drier Land," and John Wick, co-founder of Marin Carbon Project, will join him in conversation to discuss the local implications of climate change and agriculture.

    • Gary Paul Nabhan at Agrarian Trust Symposium
      David Bower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley CA
      April 27, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Gary Nabhan will speak at the Agrarian Trust Symposium on April 27 in Berkeley, CA. About the event: In the next two decades 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. Will that land be consolidated into larger holdings and treated as a commodity or investment asset? Or will it prove the foundation for a new business, a next-generation farmer, a passionate entrepreneur? Join us for a daylong teach-in to tackle the historical context, long-range implications and economic impact, and stewardship potential of the transition ahead.

    • Gary Paul Nabhan at Portland State University
      1241 NW Johnson St, Portland OR
      May 5, 2014, 7:30 pm

      Portland State University hosts Dr. Nabhan as a featured speaker for the Illahee Lecture Series on May 5 @ 7:30pm. Nabhan will be joined by colleagues in conservation and food systems for a lively discussion about the future of conservation in food-producing landscapes in the west. These lectures are held in the Pacific Northwest College of Art's Swigert Commons.

    • Gary Paul Nabhan at the 2014 Edible Institute
      66 West 12th Street, New York NY
      May 10, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Gary will moderate a panel at the 2014 Edible Institute, to be held at The New School in Manhattan May 10-11, on "Farm-based food chain restoration for pollinators and people." Panel speakers include Scott Chaskey (Quail Hill Farm), Ken Greene (Hudson Valley Seed Library), Jack Algiere (Stone Barns), Chuck Eggert (Pacific Foods).

    Gary Paul's Books

    Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

    Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

    Gary Paul Nabhan is one of the world's experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands. For this book he has visited indigenous and traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America, to learn firsthand their techniques and designs aimed at reducing heat and drought stress on orchards, fields, and dooryard gardens. This practical book also includes colorful "parables from the field" that exemplify how desert farmers think about increasing the carrying capacity and resilience of the lands and waters they steward. It is replete with detailed descriptions and diagrams of how to implement these desert-adapted practices in your own backyard, orchard, or farm.

    Chasing Chiles

    Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail

    Chasing Chiles looks at both the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture through the lens of the chile pepper—from the farmers who cultivate this iconic crop to the cuisines and cultural traditions in which peppers play a huge role.

    Renewing America's Food Traditions

    Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods

    Renewing America’s Food Traditions is a beautifully illustrated dramatic call to recognize, celebrate, and conserve the great diversity of foods that gives North America its distinctive culinary identity that reflects our multicultural heritage. It offers us rich natural and cultural histories as well as recipes and folk traditions associated with the rarest food plants and animals in North America. In doing so, it reminds us that what we choose to eat can either conserve or deplete the cornucopia of our continent.


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