On this evening, Slow Food Southern Arizona will join with other local sponsors and Gary Paul Nabhan, local food pioneer and author, as Moderator for a unique event focused on the exploration of accessible edible landscapes and heritage fruit trees through the lens of experience. The program also features a special focus and update on the Slow Food Ark of Taste. What is it? Why is it? How can you use it?
Presentations will feature visiting activists in urban and heritage forestry projects: Megan Larmer, from Slow Food Chicago and Chicago Rarities Orchard project, and Tara Hui from Guerilla Grafters in the Bay Area.
Megan will also provide insights on the updated guidelines and regionalization of the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste. As Manager of Biodiversity Programs, she recently served as interim leader of the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste restructuring project.
Co-sponsors for this unique program are Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture, Edible Baja Arizona, Farm Education Resource Network, Local Food Concepts, Native Seed/SEARCH, Plant-Based Nation, Sleeping Frog Farms, Sustainable Tucson, Tucson Oasis Initiative, and Walking J Farm.
Gary Nabhan Quote in July 21, 2013 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times:
“… the farm bill should include funds from the Strikeforce Initiative of the Department of Agriculture to help farmers transition to forms of perennial agriculture — initially focusing on edible tree crops and perennial grass pastures — rather than providing more subsidies to biofuel production from annual crops. Perennial crops not only keep 7.5 to 9.4 times more carbon in the soil than annual crops, but their production also reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed to till the soil every year.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/opinion/our-coming-food-crisis.html?_r=0
LOCATION: Sentinel Building, Community Resource Center, 310 N. Commerce Park Loop