Local Food? How are we going to pay for that?!

Special location

Sea of Glass Performing Arts Hall                                            330 East 7th St

For its January General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson is joining with the Kellogg Program for Sustainable Food Systems at the UA and numerous other organizations* from around the state.  This special program will present nationally-known speakers who will discuss how to finance a vibrant (and delicious) local food economy for Arizona.

The Monday event will start at 4:00, with a film screening of Jesus Garcia’s “A Taste of History”.  After a reception with light snacks, at 6:30, Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona and Gary Nabhan of the Kellogg program will introduce two nationally known speakers – Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money, and Michael Dimock of Roots of Change Foundation.  Both will describe innovative approaches to creating local food systems.  You can also pick up your free copy of the latest edible Baja Arizona.

If you believe that Tucson needs to grow and eat a lot more healthy, nutritious, and fresh local food, this is a program that you won’t want to miss.  There is a $5 charge to cover the munchies, but it is well worth your time.

The Monday event is the opening reception of a two-day conference at Biosphere 2 –  the “Food & Farm Finance Forum”.  This conference, which is co-sponsored by  Sustainable Tucson and a number of other groups, will focus on financing local food in Arizona.  There is a full complement of speakers and interactive workshops.  And the conference will connect local entrepreneurs with food-related business plans and venture capital investors who want to fund them.

This could be a real turning point for the local food movement, because the lack of money to start up new businesses is one of the key barriers to producing as much local food as our renewable resources allow.  If you want to find out more, check out the conference information.

* Local First Arizona, Good Food Finder, Slow Money Arizona, Edible Baja Arizona magazine, Edible Phoenix Magazine, Sustainable Tucson, Avalon gardens , Slow food Tucson, Slow Food Phoenix, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Pima County Foood Systems Alliance and Native Seeds/SEARCH