A Conservation of Generosity & Relationships, Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan is a gardener, an agricultural ecologist, an ethnobotanist, and an ecumenical Franciscan brother based in Patagonia, Arizona. He is the author of a host of books covering a diversity of botany-based topics – from pollinators, to food policy, to love letters to his favorite landscapes. The heart

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Uncovering Mexico’s Traditional Fermented Beverages

For thousands of years, Mexico’s home brewers, cooks, foragers and farmers have elaborated 16 distinctive sets of fermented and probiotic beverages from over 140 plants species and thousands of strains or yeasts and bacteria. Now – using microbiological, ethnobotanical and genetic advances – an interdisciplinary team from five universities, including

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There’s more to Agave than Tequila…

You can sip me, you can eat me and you can moisturize with me—what am I? The agave plant. Today, this plant is widely known as the key ingredient in the alcoholic beverage that is taken with lime and salt or mixed in to make margaritas, but agave has a

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Saving Our Food Supply in the Face of Climate Change

In the already-scorching Southwest, a group of scientists, ranchers and farmers are figuring out how to adapt the current agricultural system for a hotter, drier planet.   Gary Paul Nabhan teetered on a hunk of volcanic rock on Tumamoc Hill, the University of Arizona’s century-old Desert Laboratory, high above the

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Howard Scott Gentry Memory Recognized the Week of April 28th to May 7th

Let us now praise famous mezcaleros! It was 75 years ago that my mentor, the great plant explorer Howard Scott Gentry, published his Rio Mayo Plants, and 35 years ago that he published Agaves of Continental North America. As a kid, I worked one summer at the Desert Botanical Garden

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