Rural Development and Local Food Production

A certificate in RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION has been developed for those interested in gaining a broad understanding of the desert in relation to the global economy and an appreciation for sustainable development strategies. 

Classes taught by Dr. Gary Nabhan, with guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on activities. Topics will be:

  • Seed Libraries
  • Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Hydrological Restoration
  • Selecting, Grafting and Pruning for Desert Orchards
  • Direct Marketing of Farm and Garden Products
  • Propagation and Restoration of Native Plants (focus on Milkweed / Monarch Butterfly habitat restoration)

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the "local food movement” and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, New York Times, Bioneers and Time magazine.

Dr. Nabhan directs the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona and also coordinates the W.K. Kellogg Program on Food and Water Security for the Borderlands at UA's Southwest Center. In addition to his horticultural and agro-ecological research, he has been personally involved in the hands-on development of orchards, botanical gardens, plant nurseries, habitat restoration projects, and seed collections. He is author of several books in Spanish and English, including the award-winning Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land. Fieldtrips will be included in many of the certificate classes, and for all classes in the certificate program, Dr. Nabhan will be joined by guest speakers. 

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