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Celebrating Crop Diversity: Connecting Agriculture, Public Gardens, and Science

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2 April 2019

Des Moines, Iowa

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part when we pair cutting-edge agroecosystem science with innovative public garden interpretation and help tackle food security, build urban community inclusion, conserve crop diversity, and engage youth in programs that actually lead to plant careers!

Want to try stalking crop wild relatives in your own backyard? Find out about application of crop wild relatives in sustainable agriculture, improvement of crops, application of sustainable development goals, and public engagement.

Distinguished Plenary Speakers

Marie Haga, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the world's largest initiative on crop wild relative conservation and use - involving over 40 countries and spanning research, collecting, conservation, information systems, pre-breeding, and communications - is nearing its finalization after a decade of effort.

Gary Nabhan, internationally-celebrated nature writer, agrarian activist and ethnobiologist who tangibly works on conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity.

This rare opportunity is the result of a unique collaboration between the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, the American Public Gardens Association, and the World Food Prize Foundation.

This symposium has been made possible by a grant project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Generous support also provided by Leichtag Commons and the U.S. Botanic Garden.


Please share this opportunity widely within your network! #AgGardens

Expected attendees:

  • Plant breeding science and industry
  • Public garden-based crop wild relative research
  • Public garden education and outreach
  • Germplasm repository community
  • Extension and research faculty Ag
  • Educators
  • Urban food groups/councils
  • Teachers
  • Seed Savers/Collectors
  • Natural Lands Managers
  • Commodity Groups
  • Indigenous community
  • Chefs

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