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Conservation You Can Taste: Restoring Biodiversity to the Farm and Table

Published: February 10, 2017 | Category: Academics

Gary Paul NabhanSUU Convocations is proud to present the internationally-celebrated, award winning, agrarian activist, Gary Nabhan. Nabhan will be discussing the root of his work with heritage food, that has been essential to mankind’s growth through-out time. The lecture will take place on February 16 at 11:30 AM. Nabhan’s lecture is being held in the Gilbert Great Hall in the Hunter Conference Center on Southern Utah University’s beautiful campus. As is the case with all of the SUU Convocation Series, this event is free and open to the public.

Gary Paul Nabhan is currently the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems in University of Arizona’s Southwest Center. In his work, he has been a pioneer in bringing together people of different crafts; farmers, ranchers, urban food activists, and indigenous communities to help sustain a variety of food-producing landscapes. Nabhan is also the author of thirty-four books, many being translated into a handful of languages. His work as an author has won him awards such as: a Lanon Literary Fellowship, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, and more.

From Gary Nabhan’s work several varieties and breeds of food sources, that were previously thought to be extinct, are now coming back into the light through the effort of thousands of small farms across the country. Nabhan will be discussing the relationship of some of these specimens with the cultures that they once fed, the lands that they are able to grow, and how it can be beneficial to enjoy food specific to an area.

Nabhan’s research and work has taken him across the country and across the ocean. Studying foods specific to New England, California, the Great Lakes Region, on the Gulf Coast, and many others. The vast knowledge he has discovered about these delectable food sources has been a life-changer for him, local farmers everywhere, and those that want to enjoy simply pure food.

Contact Information:
Dr. Lynn Vartan, Convocations Director, Percussion Studies Director
vartan@suu.edu