Genetic diversity is important in plants for the same reason it’s important in humans and animals: a shallower gene pool means more vulnerability to disease and mutation and less adaptability to environmental change. Throughout human history, farmers have benefitted from plants’ ability to evolve over time by carefully selecting seeds from their harvest to plant for next year based on drought tolerance, disease resistance, productivity, or other desirable traits. This long partnership between growers and seeds has created countless unique plant phenotypes, many of which are now extinct or going that way.
Food & Drink
"I like bright. Refreshing is usually my thing. I also love anything with coconut in it, which is why I ordered this one. My favorite drink is a piña colada, always and forever. Which is funny, because it’s like a guilty pleasure, but so many bartenders love it."
"If there is a goal to sustain yourself as an artist, then innovation is a big part of that. Traditions have to change with the times, because artists are the chroniclers of our times."
Tasting notes with: Kenneth Francis. Occupation: Landscape architect. Venue: Geronimo bar, Santa Fe. (Next stop: Paloma patio.) Drinking: Hendrix Martini.
Have a drink with Elaine Ritchel of Santa Fe Art Tours.
tasting notes with Andrea R. Hanley. occupation Membership and Program Manager at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. venue Geronimo, Santa Fe.
tasting notes with: Christian Waguespack. occupation: Curator of 20th Century Art at the New Mexico Museum of Art. venue: Hervé Wine Bar, Santa Fe.
Lost Padre Records is a place you can easily get lost in for hours. The shop itself is small—just half an adobe house at 304 Catron Street near downtown Santa Fe—but within its walls is a high density of records you’ll want to discover and rediscover...
Casa tomada, the third installment of SITE Santa Fe’s tripartite SITElines biennial series, opens this month on August 3. I met with curators Candice Hopkins and Ruba Katrib in early July over drinks at Santa Fe Spirits (unfortunately José Luis Blondet was unable to join us...