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Woody Food Crops for Southwestern Agroforestation Practices

  • October 13, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Zoom Event




in partnership with the Arizona Community Tree Council

presents online/via Zoom

Woody Food Crops for Southwestern Agroforestation Practices

October 13, 9:00am MST (AZ) / 10:00am MDT

9:00 – 10:00 (60 minutes)

Co-presented by Reagan Wytsalucy and Youping Sun 

Approved CEUs:

  • 1.0 CEU with ISA
  •  1.0 CFE with SAF (Category 1)
  • 1.0 CEU with ASA

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Presentation Description:

Native American traditional methods of utilizing perennial plants for food and general use continue to be practiced in modern society. Modern research into the origins of these uses have provided insight into how these may provide expanded benefits to society at large. This presentation will serve as an introduction to traditional uses of the Southwest peach and Pinyon as well as ongoing Utah research into how these could be managed as alternative agroforestry crops in a broader context in the Southwest.


Reagan Wytsalucy is the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and 4-H Extension Assistant Professor for San Juan County, Utah State University (USU) Extension and a member of the Navajo Nation. Ms. Wytsalucy completed her M.S. degree (Summer 2019) at USU focused on studying under-utilized traditional Native American food crops including horticultural practices, genetic diversity and cultural importance. Her completed research encompasses various agricultural and ethnographic approaches to understanding the significance of the Southwest peach and Navajo spinach (Cleome serrulata) to the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni Nations. Ms. Wytsalucy is working to continue research opportunities for the Southwest peach and Navajo spinach along with beginning partnering relations for Pinyon pine.

Youping Sun is an Assistant Professor in Landscape Horticulture, Department of Plants, Soils, and Climate, Utah State University. He received a Ph.D. degree in Plant Science at the University of Maine. Prior to Utah State University, he has been researched the micropropagation and greenhouse production of Veratrum Californicum (California corn lily) at Clemson University for almost 2 years, and investigated plant stress physiology (e.g. drought, salinity) of various landscape plants and agricultural crops at Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at El Paso for almost 6 years. At Utah State University, his research focuses on better understanding whole plant responses to water stress and promoting the use of native plants for water efficient landscaping through developing efficient propagation protocols and sustainable cultural practices. He is collaborating with Reagan to ‘Establish Pinyon Pine Orchards for Nut Crop Production on Marginal Lands’ in Utah.

Following the presentation will be a 15 minutes of Q&A with the presenters and a program wrap-up.

All participants are invited to attend the 30 minute SWAAN Business Meeting led by Jim Allen, Chair that will begin at the close of the education program.

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