CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ethno-botanist and author Gary Nabhan and local seed grower Frank Morton will explore the stories and cultural practices of food and seed production during a benefit event, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, beginning 7 p.m. at Mary's River Grange in Philomath.

In their talk, "Where Does Our Food Come From?", Nabhan and Morton will talk about what food production and supply systems reveal about a relationship to the land and to food. They also will explore other ways of imagining those relationships.

Their presentation is sponsored by Oregon State University's Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, and is a benefit for Ten Rivers Food Web.

Nabhan is an award-winning ethno-botanist, author, poet and local foods advocate who learns from gardening and caring for his heritage breeds of sheep and turkeys. Some of his popular books include, "Arab/American: Landscape, Culture and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts," Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes and Cultural Diversity," and "Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasure and Politics of Local Foods." Nabhan is a tenured research social scientist at University of Arizona.

Nabhan will be in Oregon as writer-in-residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest as part of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program, with funding from the U.S. Forest Service.

Joining Nabhan will be local seed grower Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds. Morton brings almost 30 years of experience growing organic seeds for farmers, gardeners and Gathering Together Farm in Philomath.

Mary's River Grange is located on Grange Hall Road south of Philomath (near Gathering Together Farm, at 25159 Grange Hall Road, Philomath).

Advance tickets (sliding scale, $7 to $20) are available at Corvallis Brewing Supply, 119 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis; and at GrassRoots Books and Music, 227 S.W. 2nd  St., Corvallis.

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Charles Goodrich, 737-6198