Crop Wild Relatives of the Desert Borderlands: Program


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Sunday January 13th – Early arrivals activities

Lunch at Mercado San Agustin

12- 1 pm
Location: Mercado San Agustin (100 South Avenida del Convento, Tucson, AZ 85745)

Join Gary Paul Nabhan, Colin Khoury, and other hosts for regional cuisine at the Mercado San Agustin.


Mission Gardens Tour

1:20- 3 pm
Location: Mission Gardens (946 W Mission Ln, Tucson, AZ 85745)

Visit Tucson’s Mission Gardens to see endemic Southwestern crops and their wild relatives on display. Guided by Jesus Garcia and Gary Paul Nabhan.


Monday January 14th

Forum: Conserving, Utilizing, and Celebrating Crop Wild Relatives

12 – 2 pm
Location: University of Arizona, Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall (S107), Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building (1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, AZ 85719)

Listen to presentations on regionally important crop wild relatives and learn about current activities to better conserve, utilize, and celebrate these natural and cultural resources:

  • Crop wild relatives of North America – Stephanie Greene and Colin Khoury (USDA Agricultural Research Service)
  • Wild grapes: Conservation and new uses – Allison Miller (St. Louis University and Danforth Plant Science Center) and Claire Heinitz (USDA Agricultural Research Service)
  • Chile peppers: Collaborative conservation – Christine Thiel (U.S. Forest Service) and Gary Nabhan (University of Arizona)
  • Panel discussion – Collaborative conservation of wild useful plants across agencies, species, and countries

The presentations will be accompanied by information displays from botanic gardens, museums, university activities, and other conservation and food organizations.


Collaborative Conservation Retreat

3:15 – 5:00 pm
Location: Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill (Tumamoc Hill Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745)

The Desert Laboratory will provide the opportunity for land management and agricultural research agencies from Mexico and the U.S., universities, nonprofit organizations, botanic gardens, museums, and other stakeholders to convene to plan for enhanced collaborations on crop wild relatives and wild food plants.


Flavors of Wildness: A Tasting Event

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Downtown Kitchen Carriage House (125 S. Arizona Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701)

Join chef Janos Wilder and regional food experts to explore the flavors of crop wild relatives and wild foods of the desert borderlands and beyond.


Tuesday January 15th

Fieldtrip: A visit to the Wild Chile Reserve

9 am – 3 pm
Location: Rock Corral Canyon, Coronado National Forest

Guided tour of the wild chile reserve with hosts from the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Arizona. Tour includes transportation from and to Tucson. We will stop for lunch at Elvira’s restaurant in Tubac, Arizona.