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Desert oases as genetic refugia of heritage crops: Persistence of forgotten fruits in the mission orchards of Baja California, Mexico

Desert oases as genetic refugia of heritage crops: Persistence of forgotten fruits in the mission orchards of Baja California, Mexico

By: Gary Paul Nabhan, Jesus Garcia, Rafael Routson, Kanin Routson and Micheline Cariño-Olvera Published: April, 2010 The first introductions of agricultural crops to desert oases of Baja California, Mexico were initiated by Jesuit missionaries between 1697 and 1768 and historic records from these Jesuits provided a detailed benchmark by which temporal changes in agro-biodiversity can […]

Gary Nabhan remembers Stewart Udall

Gary Nabhan remembers Stewart Udall

By: Gary Paul Nabhan Published: March 29, 2010 On Saturday, March 20, the West lost Stewart Udall, one of the greatest conservationists this region has given to the world. The man exemplified vision and decency, conservation and consilience, in an era when conflict and entrenchment have become all too common. As Congress fought bitterly over […]

Forgotten Fruits Manual & Manifesto - Apples

Forgotten Fruits Manual & Manifesto – Apples

By: Gary Paul Nabhan, Ben Watson Published: March, 2010 As part of RAFT’s 2010 “Forgotten Fruits” initiative, this brochure details the history, decline, nursery practices and local restoration efforts designed to bring back the most endangered heirloom apples to orchards, backyards, farmer’s markets, restaurants, and home kitchens across the country. Download Forgotten Fruits Manual & […]

What’s driving our favorite fruit into decline?

What’s driving our favorite fruit into decline?

By: Gary Paul Nabhan Published: March 9, 2010 You’ve heard the hackneyed phrase “as American as apple pie.” But America is not taking care of the apples — or the orchard-keepers — that have nourished us for centuries. In 1900, 20 million apple trees were growing in the U.S.; now, not even a fourth remain […]

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