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Feb
27
Tue
Renaissance Art and Vegetables
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm

Dr. James Nienhuis, University of Wisconsin–Madison (MCC Alumus)

Time: Noon  B166–67

We can often trace the evolution of many of our grain crops, because the seeds are dry and can be preserved
in archeological sites. Not so with fruits and vegetables. These foods have a very high moisture content and are perishable, so we don’t have an archeological record, but we do have art. During the Renaissance, there was a trend towards Natura Morta, or still life paintings, and those paintings from the 15th and 16th century give us record of what many European vegetables looked like 500+ years ago. And some of them look pretty weird! So next time you go to the Art Institute in Chicago, don’t look for the Rembrandts, look for the vegetables.

 

About Bioneers

Bioneers” are social and scientific innovators developing solutions for a more sustainable world. Learn all about the National Bioneers, their work and their annual conference at www.bioneers.org.

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 National Bioneers Conference DVDs available for loan at MCC Library. For more information, call the MCC Sustainability Center at (815) 479-7765. http://www.mchenry.edu/bioneers/

 

Women Farming Cooperatives in Central America
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm

Women Farming Cooperatives in Central America | Luecht Conference Center

Time: 6–8 p.m.

On a project funded by USAID through the University of California–Davis, Nienhuis’ lab worked as the lead institution in a truly international project to promote sustainable vegetable production in rural areas of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. Tomato and pepper production can be among the most profitable sources of income and food security for many single mothers and women’s cooperatives in rural areas of tropical Central America. This presentation will share the science and stories behind this international research project that impacted many both in central America and sustainable farming here in the US.

 

About Bioneers

Bioneers” are social and scientific innovators developing solutions for a more sustainable world. Learn all about the National Bioneers, their work and their annual conference at www.bioneers.org.

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 National Bioneers Conference DVDs available for loan at MCC Library. For more information, call the MCC Sustainability Center at (815) 479-7765. http://www.mchenry.edu/bioneers/