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Wisdom of the Desert: Noted Ag Ecologist Speaks Oct. 2 at USU

Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013

Gary Paul Nabhan speaks at USU

Renowned agricultural ecologist Gary Paul Nabhan speaks Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center at USU. His talk is free and open to all.

book cover for 'Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land'

Nabhan's most recent book, 'Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land,’ will be available for purchase and signing by the author following his Oct. 2 talk at USU.

Within the last two years, more than 2,300 counties across the nation have been declared drought disaster areas. With climate change shifting temperatures, storm events and precipitation, where should growers turn for advice on crops adaptable to extended drought, heat and water scarcity?

Noted agricultural ecologist Gary Paul Nabhan suggests a wealth of knowledge from traditional desert farmers and permaculturists about centuries-tested, ready-to-implement acclimations. Nabhan visits Utah State University Wednesday, Oct. 2, to present “Tapping the Wisdom of the Desert: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Change and Water Scarcity.” His talk, at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium (Room 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center, is free and open to all.

“This is a talk that will appeal not only to farmers and growers, but also to consumers,” says Mark Brunson, professor and head of USU’s Department of Environment and Society. “Nabhan provides an overview of agricultural challenges, along with strategies from science and history to cope with accelerating change.”

Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award, he is a widely recognized pioneer in the local food movement and grassroots seed conservation. Nabhan is a permaculture designer and orchard-keeper of Almuniya de los Zopilotes Experimental Farm in Patagonia, Ariz.

The author of 24 books, Nabhan recently published Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, which will be available for purchase and author signing at the event.

Nabhan’s talk is sponsored by the USU Department of Environment and Society, the USU Department of Plants, Soils and Climate; USU’s Quinney College of Natural Resources and the USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

For more information about Nabhan’s Oct. 2 talk, call 435-797-1790.

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Contact: Mark Brunson, 435-797-2458,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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