Lectures and Workshops

Gary’s Lecture and Workshop Topics for 2014:


  • Tapping Into the Wisdom of the Desert: Sustainably Growing Food  in  the Face of Climate Change & Water Scarcity

Abstract: Over the next half century, climate change will dramatically affect which wild food plants can be integrated into edible landscaping and which horticultural crop varieties reach optimum quality in nearly every foodscape in North America.

Our plant selection options in each microclimate will be radically reworked by declining chill hours, extreme summer temperatures, the changed frequency of tropical storms, and extended droughts.

Water scarcity and increasing salinity will also rework what food plants can be grown in many localities as well.With 2300 counties declared drought disaster areas in the US within the last two years, it is time that horticulturists. gardeners and farmers in every part of the country look more critically at the wealth of traditional desert farmers’ and permaculturists’ adaptations to drought, heat and water scarcity.

By surveying the world’s desert horticultural oases for such adaptations, Nabhan offer a variety of ready-to implement adaptations to climate change that have been tested over centuries or the millennia by food producers among diverse desert cultures.  The strategies found through biomimicry, ecomimicry and etnomimicry will be highlighted.

  • Redesigning Your Local and Regional Food Systems
  • Chasing Chiles: How Farmers Are Adapting to Climate Change
  • Renewing America’s Wild Food Traditions
  • State of Southwestern Foodsheds: Innovation in a Time of  Food Insecurity
  • Desert Oases and Their Agriculture: Lessons for A Hotter Drier World
  • Conservation of America’s Fruit Diversity
  • Why Local Food Systems are Threatening Big Agriculture
  • Agrarian Poetry: Why We Need its Messages and Beauty


Prices for Out-of-state / In-state Lectures:


  • Out-of-state evening lecture and afternoon workshop: $4500 / plus travel and lodging
  • In-state evening lecture or workshops: $3000 / plus ground travel costs