Author Gary Paul Nabhan to Speak at Sterling College


MacArthur Genius to Talk About Sustainable Food Systems and Climate Uncertainty

January 08, 2014 • Craftsbury Common, VT—Sterling College is proud to announce that noted author Gary Paul Nabhan will be presenting on campus. His talk, “Tapping Into the Wisdom of Traditional Farmers: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Uncertainty,” will be given on Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Simpson Hall, Classroom 3. This talk is free and open to the public as part of the Vermont’s Table Speaker Series.

Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona, as well as the permaculture designer and orchard-keeper of Almuniya de los Zopilotes Experimental Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the local-food movement and grassroots seed conservation, Nabhan was honored by Utne Reader in 2011 as one of twelve people making the world a better place to live.

Nabhan is a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award. He has published over twenty books, including: Desert Terroir, Renewing America’s Food Traditions, and Woodlands in Crisis. Publishers’ Weekly said of his latest book, Food, Genes, and Culture—Eating Right for Your Origins,Mixing hard science with personal anecdotes, Nabhan convincingly argues that health comes from a genetically appropriate diet inextricably entwined with a healthy land and culture.”

His talk, “Tapping Into the Wisdom of Traditional Farmers: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Uncertainty,” will discuss adapting diversity of food crops to climate extremes, taking examples from traditional and innovative farmers on five continents and eschewing “climate-ready” GE crops.

For more information on the College and its mission of environmental stewardship, please visit www.sterlingcollege.edu.

About Sterling College

Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is a leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and the liberal arts. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.


Christian Feuerstein, Director of Communications, Sterling College

802.586.7711 x164 • cfeuerstein@sterlingcollege.edu