2017 has already established itself as a banner year for local food in Arizona. There are a plethora of gatherings highlighting our state's local food systems and the ways that Arizonans are seeking to feed themselves more nutritionally and equitably with fewer fossil fuels and chemicals. Local agriculture creates local jobs!
On April 6-8th at the Diné College campus on the Navajo Nation, there was a gathering of people and organizations interested in reclaiming our local food systems. Feeding ourselves means that we know what goes into our food. Local food systems empower the people who are part of them, rather than sending dollars and jobs out of the community.
Many food experts from around Arizona were at the Navajo Nation Food Summit, sharing their knowledge and experience. Native Seed Search staff shared about seed saving and seeds that have been adapted to the Southwest climate. A Navajo chef, Walter Whitewater, shared about traditional foods and how he has apprenticed and learned about cooking all kinds of cuisines. There were also presentations on a new emphasis on healthy practices within the Navajo Nation, including getting physical exercise, eating healthy foods, and drinking water rather than sugary drinks.
The summit was an interesting and educational gathering of folks interested in food systems that feed Arizonans while also caring for the environment and employing people to grow, prepare, and serve our food.
Continue the Discussion AND CONNECT with local food sources
Please mark your calendars now for the upcoming Food and Farm Finance Forum in Tucson this May. The Food and Farm Finance Forum is an annual opportunity for those involved in and contributing to Arizona’s local food system to gather, network, learn, and develop new skill sets. - LEARN MORE
The Farmer Chef Connection will be held on September 11th in Camp Verde. Farmer+Chef is the state’s only event of its kind, aimed at building wholesale food networks at the local level. The cornerstone of the event is the Suppliers’ Marketplace, a vendor fair exclusively showcasing Arizona food producers and distributors, followed by a reception featuring local food, beer, wine, and spirits. This event is part of the Local First Arizona Foundation's Healthy Local Foods Initiative. - LEARN MORE