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Nabhan's new book on heritage farming

Western National Parks Association publishes volume

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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:00 pm

Special to The Explorer

Gary Nabhan, the University of Arizona professor who advocates for preserving heritage varieties of edible plants and heritage livestock, has published a new book through the Western National Parks Association in Oro Valley.

Nabhan's "Heritage Farming in the Southwest" is a 64-page, 100-photograph publication. In it, Nabhan details how several national and state parks in the Southwest are preserving or re-establishing heritage orchards, farms and Churro-sheep ranches. He honors the contributions of farmers of many cultures who have depended on foods adapted to their region to live in a self-sufficient way, a release said.

"These foods have the flavor of place embedded in every mouthful, and provide residents as well as visitors with a unique experience of the region," it continued. "This book is for people concerned about the taste of the food they eat, where that food comes from, and how we treat the land and waters we depend on to feed us."

Nabhan is a co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH. He champions small-scale farmers raising traditional crops for local consumption.

The book retails for $9.95. It is available now from Western National Parks Association at its bookstore at 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive in Oro Valley. It is also available through the WNPA website,, in the visitor center bookstores at Saguaro National Park, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, and other national parks and selected retail outlets throughout the Southwest.

Explorer staff member Randy Metcalf and former Explorer staffer Laura Marble have contributed to the book.

Western National Parks Association is a non-profit association chartered by Congress in 1938 to promote preservation and stewardship of the national park system through education, interpretation, and research. WNPA serves 66 national parks in the western United States. WNPA is a publisher that operates bookstores in the visitor centers at the parks it serves. Its contributions are based on store proceeds.

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