How can past cultivation traditions aid agriculture and biodiversity today? This talk will explore the potential—and limitations—of cultivating minor (also known as ‘traditional’ and ‘underutilized’) crops in the UK. From foreign species like carob and prosopis, to native species like borage and pearl millet, this lecture will situate the importance of minor crops within the related issues of food security, plant genetic resource conservation, and organic agriculture, while pointing to everyday activities that anyone can do to promote these species.
Lectures start at 6.30pm in the Daubeny Lecture Theatre (at the front of the Botanic Garden) and will comprise part talk and part guided walk around the Botanic Garden to further illustrate the talk. Please come dressed to be outside as well as inside!