In this talk, Guzman presents her research on how on-farm diversification in an intensively managed landscape can bolster below- to above-ground biodiversity and their interactions on agroecosystems. For this work, Guzman partnered with small-scale farmers implementing diversified farming practices (e.g. increasing crop diversity) but are often invisibilized in the monoculture landscape of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Guzman shares research on how crop diversification can support soil health (i.e. via beneficial microbes), pollinator communities (i.e. wild bees), and their interactions. She also discusses how sociopolitical barriers may attenuate the adaptive capacity of small-scale farmers of color to ecological stressors.
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