Some of the most important agave landscapes in the Southwest are in Tucson's backyard. Tumamoc Hill has a 1,500 year old Hohokam agave field at its base. This is a site where people modified the landscape in subtle yet transformational ways to capture the rain and transform it into a field of thousands of plants, cared for by generations for hundreds of years.
University of Arizona research ecologist Brian Enquist will share how measuring one tree using fractal mathematical formulas can be used to calculate carbon impact of a whole forest, then Tumamoc Artist in Residence Paul Mirocha will lead a session drawing trees using Mandelbrot formulas and other fractal imaging.
The use of agave takes a myriad of forms that both remain consistent from region to region but also have an infinite variety that reflect culture and ingenuity. We will gain insight to these traditions of use in our region by Native Nations and regional producers.
In recent centuries, the cohesive and reciprocal nature of the human-agave relationship began to slip. Yet, the heartbeat of the symbiotic relationship ticks loud and has thousands of champions and masses of supporters. Learn how the choices made by each of us can and will shape the future of agave culture in a way that honors the diversity that makes it great.