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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 2:00 PM-3:30 PM


Special Partnership Event

A BiodiverseCity St. Louis 2014 Public Lecture & Book Signing

Nabhan2Featured Speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Arizona Southwest Center; Arab-American essayist, poet, and author, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

“The lyrical scholar of genetic diversity,” says Monticello agricultural historian, Peter Hatch.

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the “local food movement” and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, The New York Times, Bioneers and TIME magazine.

With climatic uncertainty now “the new normal,” many farmers, gardeners, and orchardists in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. The solutions may be at our back door.

In his new book, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Gary Nabhan, one of the world’s experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands, draws from the knowledge of 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 offer time-tried strategies that just may help us secure food in the face of climate change.

Praise for Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

“Everyone who grows food — make that, everyone who eats food — should be grateful he wrote it. An homage to old wisdom and to the latter-day soil magicians who are Nabhan’s living muses, it is a rich herbarium of delicious, hardy sustenance and a manual for our future.”
– Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us and Countdown

“In a world where climate change is the new normal, Gary Nabhan offers a blueprint for food production.”
– Dan Imhoff, author of Food Fight, CAFO, and Farming with the Wild

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, or call 314.533.8586.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
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Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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