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Saturday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Evolutionary Plant Breeding: Breeding Crops for Climate Change
In the face of an increasingly unstable climate and the continued collapse of global agricultural biodiversity, the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) has engaged in a project involving mixing and planting together over 2,000 varieties of bread-wheat from all over the world in a process called “Evolutionary Plant Breeding.” The goals of this ambitious project are to: create unique, place-adapted, resilient mixtures of our most important food crops; increase agricultural biodiversity; put seed-breeding back into the hands of farmers and gardeners; and generate a seed supply that can thrive in a changing climate. With: Mark Schapiro, investigative environmental journalist, lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, author of Seeds of Resistance; Cooper Freeman, OAEC’s Program Manager; Leonard Diggs, Manager of SRJC Shone Farm, a 365-acre self-sustaining college farm. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program.

Workshop Speakers
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Leonard Diggs

Leonard Diggs manages SRJC Shone Farm, a 365-acre self-sustaining college farm that has annual and perennial crops, a winery, livestock and a mixed species forest. Leonard has been farming diversified organic and sustainable crops, including heirloom grains, in northern California... Read More →
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Cooper Freeman

Cooper Freeman, Program Manager at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), studied Environmental History at UC Santa Barbara, Agro-ecology with Vandana Shiva in India, and Permaculture Design at OAEC. His recent projects include co-leading the passage of a California law legalizing... Read More →
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Arty Mangan

Arty Mangan, Bioneers' Restorative Food Systems Director, joined Bioneers in 1998 as Project Manager for the Restorative Development Initiative. A former board president of the Ecological Farming Association and member of the Santa Cruz GE Subcommittee that banned GE crops, Arty... Read More →
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Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro, an award-winning environmental and investigative journalist, is the author of several books, including the recently published SEEDS OF RESISTANCE: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply, a deep dive into the fight for access to the seeds we need to respond to climate change... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Santa Rosa Room