Farming, Food, and Climate Change: A Year of Chasing Chiles

Award-winning natural-history writer and ethnobotanist, Gary Nabhan to speak at Prescott College


College alumnus and former MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Gary Nabhan  will speak on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m.  at the Crossroads Center, 220 Grove Avenue, in Prescott.  His talk “Farming, Food, and Climate Change: A Year of Chasing Chiles” will tie in to his new book, Chasing Chiles.


Recognized by Mother Earth News and Time as a pioneer in the local foods movement, Gary’s collaborative conservation work has been honored with lifetime achievement awards from the Quivira Coalition and the Society for Conservation Biology, and with the Vavilov Medal. A pioneer in heirloom seed saving, he raises rare chile peppers and Mission-era orchard crops in Patagonia, Arizona.

Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail


Co-authored with Chef Kurt Michael Friese and agroecologist Kraig Kraft, Chasing Chiles chronicles the trio’s year-long “pepper pilgrimage” to uncover the cultural traditions and humble beginnings of North and Central America’s own most beloved, and most threatened, varieties of chile. The book is both a rollicking travelogue from three guys on the hunt for authentic food and cultural experience and an adventure with a larger, sobering mission: to understand the effects of climate change by zeroing in on one critical crop and the people whose lives are most deeply intertwined with it.


Chasing Chiles– complete with hard-to-find recipes for place-based cuisine – is the story of three unlikely travel companions united by a shared passion and a quest to uncover not only the future of peppers, but the future of food.