Allen Van Deynze is a researcher in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California — Davis. Originally from Canada, he talks to us about how and why there’s a greater variety of cucurbits than ever on grocery store shelves, why there aren’t more Canadians like him working in the field, and why international conferences like Cucurbitaceae are so valuable. Interview conducted at Cucurbitaceae 2018 in Davis, Calif.