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The Origins of Heritage Foods Revivals 1980-1985

The Origins of Heritage Foods Revivals 1980-1985

A third of a century ago, an unprecedented grassroots movement emerged from American soil.It is a movement that is still alive, one for which Heirloom Gardener magazine has become the freshest and mostly-widely read source of information and inspiration. It may well be worth your while to reflect on the origins of the social change movement to which you belong, for it is a wellspring of food diversity, and as such, an important counter-current to modern agriculture.

Can Southern Arizona be protein self-sufficient in the face of climate change?

Can Southern Arizona be protein self-sufficient in the face of climate change?

On a hot June day in the Flowing Wells neighborhood of northeast Tucson, 45 ranchers, farmers, chefs, butchers and range ecologists met to talk about the future of meat production, processing and local distribution in Southern Arizona.

Most of the participants knew that meat prices and demand were at an all-time high in Tucson and North America as a whole,

Q & A - Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

Q & A – Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

What does global climate change have to do with America’s failure to produce more food than its people consume for the third straight year? For starters, we had over 2,200 counties declared national drought disaster areas in 2012, four times more than in 2011.

Growing Food in a Hotter, Dryer Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

Growing Food in a Hotter, Dryer Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

Nabhan, an ethnobotanist, cofounder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, and prolific author, draws on his longtime relationships with the land and people of the Southwest U.S., together with wisdom from farmers and gardeners in Egypt, Mexico, and other dry places, to suggest solutions for growing food and developing agricultural resiliency as climate change affects wider swaths of the planet.

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