Creating a Northern Arizona Food Hub

vvagc logoFood Forum: Creating a Northern Arizona Food Hub Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 11:30am-4:00pm Cottonwood Recreation Center 150 Sixth St., Cottonwood

Pre-register before January 25 at for $15/person (includes lunch) or register at the door for $20.00/person ( includes lunch).

The Verde Valley Agriculture Coalition will present a community dialog focusing on the potential for creating a Food Hub in Northern Arizona. The day's program will include an introductory presentation, followed by work sessions focusing on creating a Food Hub. Break-out sessions will address farming and production, farmers markets and CSA's, restaurants and chefs, processors and value added markets, social food services, marketing and economic opportunities.

Issues and solutions regarding local food supply, demand and availability is the focus of this forum. Work sessions will allow time to develop ideas from the group discussions that can be put into action. This forum is part of the Verde Valley Agriculture Coalition's (VVAgC) continued work to design and create a Food Hub in Northern Arizona. Meg Williams, Local First Arizona's Northern Arizona Director who is also on the VVAgC board, will be a part of the facilitation team. Margaree Bigler and Steve Russell, Local First Arizona's Local Food Coordinators, will be attending the forum and meeting lots of local food producers, buyers and other organizations.

Lunch is being provided by local restaurants. The forum is sponsored by Local First Arizona, Cottonwood Economic Development Council, Cornucopia Community Advocates, Selna and Mongini Investments, the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) of Northern Arizona and local restaurants.