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Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Catch Gary Paul Nabhan in Cleveland!

Here at Slow Food Northern Ohio, we're big fans of Gary Paul Nabhan and his work.

Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called “the father of the local food movement” by Mother Earth News. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border.

Nabhan has been involved with Slow Food for many years. I was lucky enough to have the the opportunity to hear him speak at Terra Madre 2006 and was moved to tears by his empowering words. His works "Coming Home to Eat", "Renewing America's Food Traditions", and many others are well known among Slow Food members and local food enthusiasts across the nation and around the world. His new book, "Chasing Chiles", written in collaboration with Kurt Michael Friese, examines the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture from the perspective of the chile pepper.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet Gary at two upcoming events in Cleveland and Oberlin:

April 17, 2011 from 12:30pm to 2pm
Heirloom Fruit Search, Community Conservation, and Local Market Recovery
Cleveland Greenhouse Project, 6527 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103

Join us for a great afternoon of planting and learning, as Community Greenhouse Partners plants the "Katherine B Jones Memorial Woodland Garden" on the corner of East 65th and Superior on Palm Sunday, April 17th, 2011.

The event will kick off at 12:30 PM, Gary Paul Nabhan will conduct a free workshop focusing on: "Heirloom Fruit Search, Community Conservation, and Local Market Recovery.” Public workshop with ethnobotonist and leading local foods/slow food writer and advocate Gary Paul Nabhan. Dr Nabhan will be talking about the national Restoring American Food Traditions initiatives, focusing on heirloom apples and cultivating locally adapted and genetically diverse food production systems. Dr. Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called “the father of the local food movement” by Mother Earth News. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border.

Following the workshop from 2pm to dusk, help to plant orchard crops and learn about the food forest being installed at the CGP site.

April 19, 2011 from 4:30pm to 6pm
Climate Change, Food Security, and Food Diversity
Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Gary Paul Nabhan, ethnobotanist, farm and food advocate, prolific writer, and MacArthur "Genius" fellowship recipient will speak about the importance of regional food traditions as a way of fostering cultural, human, and ecological vitality. Dr. Nabhan will speak about both the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture.

Both events sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences Curricular Diversity Grant and the Environmental Studies Department of Oberlin College. With support from Comparative American Studies, OGROW, NEOFoodWeb.org, Cleveland Greenhouse Partners, and the Departments of Anthropology and Biology.

About Gary: Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called “the father of the local food movement” by Mother Earth News. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border. For more info about Nabhan, visit his website.

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