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Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Foods

Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Foods

Taste Here What You Can’t Just Find Anywhere, And See For millennia, the Santa Cruz River Valley has been a natural corridor for the seasonal migration of birds as well as other wildlife, and for the cultural diffusion and exchange of foodstuffs. It harbors the northernmost populations of wild peppers known as chiltepines, but the […]

Americas Apple Traditions Renewed

Americas Apple Traditions Renewed

Perhaps it was hard at first to know whether the “antique” in the phrase, “antique apple experts,” referred to the apples or to the experts. But when the Hall of Famers of the Heirloom Apple Kingdom gathered on March 19th at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum outside of Madison, it was clear that the so-called […]

Where Our Food Comes From

Where Our Food Comes From

By: Amanda Bensen Published: March 2nd, 2009 I just finished reading a new book by the prolific Gary Paul Nabhan , whose resume astounds me: He landed a half-million-dollar MacArthur Fellowship (aka “genius grant”) early in his career, and has written some 30 books since then, in addition to several teaching gigs and founding a […]

Drama in the skies, a heroic botanist and green groups gone bad

Drama in the skies, a heroic botanist and green groups gone bad

By: Adrian Higgins Published: January 4th, 2009 Nikolay Vavilov anticipated his demise at least four years before the KGB starved him to death, but he knew then that his pioneering work as a botanist would endure. “We shall go to the pyre. We shall burn. But we shall not retreat from our convictions,” he said […]

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