Archive for the 'Discussion Groups' Category


Public Dialogue: Intro and Practice Overview

posted February 16, 2017

Want to learn how to do a conversation where issue differences can be addressed, shared understanding and actions can be experienced? Come to this overview and potential practice (for any complex public policy issue) using the National Issues Forum Institute methods. Facilitated by NIFI trained and “well-seasoned” practitioner: Anita C. Fonte, Community Renaissance. Co-convened with [...]

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Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum

posted September 22, 2016

You’re invited to our next Tucson Energy Group (TEG) Talk which will be an Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum on Thur (9/29), 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the meeting room at Ermanos (http://www.ermanosbrew.com/). (Interested people under 21 years old can attend!) Candidates Attending: Robert “Bob” Burns (www.BobBurns.gop), Tom Chabin (www.TomChapin.com), Boyd Dunn (www.BoydDunn.com), Bill [...]

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Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems

posted February 3, 2015

Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems By Carmine Tilghman Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015   Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find. Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects built from competing technologies cover 165 acres [...]

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Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid

posted January 23, 2015

Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid By Terry Finefrock Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star January 23, 2015 There is great potential that electricity costs could be reduced, increases avoided, system reliability improved and recurring economic benefits provided by establishing utility-scale photovoltaic solar electric facilities within and adjacent to the [...]

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The Yes Men Are Revolting – Sunday Jan 4 at the Loft

posted December 29, 2014

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85716 Start the New Year Right: Gear Up to Fight Climate Change! The Yes Men Are Revolting On Sunday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m., Sustainable Tucson will partner with the Loft for a special preview screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting, with the duo [...]

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Climate: The Crisis and the Movement

posted December 21, 2014

Climate: The Crisis and the Movement by Naomi Klein & Allen White Wherein lie the roots of the climate crisis? Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, talks with writer and activist Naomi Klein, author of the new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, about how our economic system has driven us [...]

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What climate change asks of us

posted December 21, 2014

  What climate change asks of us: moral obligation, mobilization and crisis communication by Margaret Klein “Humans contain a great capacity to help each other, to dutifully respond to the needs of others, and to improve the world around us… When it is clear there is an emergency, and we have a vital role in [...]

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A PUBLIC BANK FOR ARIZONA?

posted November 23, 2014

 A PUBLIC BANK FOR ARIZONA?   How public banking can build Arizona’s economy and benefit Arizona’s citizens. Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking [...]

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Last chance for meaningful climate change mitigation? – City-Utility Partnerships

posted November 4, 2014

The most recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory (2012) for our region has recently been released, showing a slight decrease since its peak in 2010. Nationally, this same trend is attributed to reduced emissions from electricity generation, improvements in energy efficiencies, reduction in travel and yearly fluctuation in prevailing weather conditions. For the Tucson region the two [...]

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LET’S TALK TRASH (Rescheduled)

posted September 25, 2014

From Garbage to Gold: Turning Organic “Waste” Into a Valuable Resource Meeting at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers…It doesn’t pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways. Compost keeps organic materials out of landfills, reducing methane [...]

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LET’S TALK TRASH

posted August 21, 2014

Garbage: Waste Or Resource? Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers…It doesn’t pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways. Compost keeps organic materials out of landfills, reducing methane gas emissions. Compost sequesters carbon deep in the soil Compost promotes healthy microbial activity in the soil, providing micronutrients to plant roots and discouraging soil diseases. Compost improves [...]

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Summer Movie Night: Inequality for All

posted August 5, 2014

[NOTE EARLIER START TIME: 5:00 pm] We don’t need to be expert economists to recognize the dramatic disparity in wealth between the rich and, well, everyone else. Since the 1970s, the gap between rich and poor has steadily widened, exacerbated by the recent financial crisis but tracing its roots to policies put in place several [...]

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ST July Mtg — Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production

posted July 10, 2014

Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production Monday, July 14, 5:30-8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Urban agriculture is becoming much more common — in many forms, not just backyard gardens. Voters of Tucson recently adopted a General Plan that [...]

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Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker – July 11

posted July 5, 2014

at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson AZ (two blocks south of Ronstadt Transit Center) Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker Friday, July 11, 2014 5:00 p.m. Sign-in and Reception 6:00 p.m. FREE Public Presentation Jarrett Walker, the preeminent transit planner and transit thinker, will visit Tucson for a town hall [...]

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ST June Meeting – BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion

posted June 3, 2014

BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) With climate change increasing the likelihood of heat waves, flooding and other emergencies that may overwhelm first responders, and when “sheltering [...]

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ST May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?

posted May 8, 2014

  Sustainable Tucson’s May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?   Monday, May 12, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)   What do human health, environmental detoxification, consumer waste recycling and a great-tasting and healthy locally produced [...]

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ST September Mtg: Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV – Sept 9th

posted August 22, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) ST September Meeting Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV Sustainable Tucson’s “Conversations with our Public Officials” series provides Tucson community members the opportunity [...]

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Sustainable Tucson July Film Night!

posted July 3, 2013

Monday, July 8th, 5:30 – 8:00, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson will show a variety of films at our July general meeting. Included among the short and medium length topics are greening the desert, climate change in the arctic, how the people [...]

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ST June Meeting – Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community – Part III – June 10

posted June 2, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part III Last spring Sustainable Tucson hosted two “Conversations with our Public Officials.” Tucson community members had the opportunity to meet with City public officials to discuss a wide range of sustainability [...]

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March Against Monsanto worldwide – and in Tucson at Reid Park – May 25

posted May 21, 2013

Free movie at Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ March begins May 25 at 12 noon at Reid Park, 900 Randolph Way, Tucson AZ   May 19 Sunday 1:30 pm – free documentary movie showing and discussion of “The World According to Monsanto” at the Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road [...]

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Bisbee Solar Cook-Off and Festival – June 1

posted May 20, 2013

Free, at the Bisbee Farmers Market in Vista Park, Warren District, Bisbee Arizona   Bisbee Solar Cook-Off and Festival Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture and the Bisbee Farmers Market for the 11th Annual Solar Cook-Off & Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 9am to 1pm. Activities will include solar cooking demonstrations as well as solar [...]

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Building Sustainable Cities – New York Times Conference April 25

posted May 8, 2013

See the online video archive of the entire conference at nytenergyfortomorrow.com ENERGY FOR TOMORROW – BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES A NEW YORK TIMES CONFERENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH RICHARD ATTIAS AND ASSOCIATES APRIL 25, 2013 THE TIMESCENTER, NEW YORK CITY   THE CONCEPT According to U.N. data, the worldwide urban population over the next 40 years will [...]

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Awakening the Dreamer workshops – Circle Tree Ranch – June 10, Sep 9, Dec 9

posted May 8, 2013

  Free (RSVP) at Circle Tree Ranch, 10500 E Tanque Verde Road, Tucson AZ 85749     Awakening the Dreamer – Changing the Dream “Cultural Wisdom: The Indigenous Worldview as a Model for Social and Environmental Justice” The Awakening the Dreamer – Changing the Dream Symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to [...]

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Local Food Summit at U of A – Gary Nabhan & Jeff Silvertooth – May 14

posted May 8, 2013

at Student Union Memorial Center, South Ballroom, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ   Local Food Summit with Gary Nabhan and Jeff Silvertooth At this working summit, participants will develop action plans for how University of Arizona entities and partners can support socially equitable, economically viable, and environmentally sound local food systems. To break out of [...]

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Pima County Food Alliance – April Meeting – April 29

posted April 24, 2013

at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S 6th Ave, Tucson AZ   Join the Pima County Food Alliance for our monthly meeting on Monday, April 29 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Sam Lena Library (1607 S 6th Ave, Tucson). April is Native Foods Month at the Pima County Food Alliance! This month we’ll be [...]

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100% Renewable Energy – Earth Day Weekend Rally – April 20

posted April 17, 2013

at Tucson Electric Power Headquarters, 88 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ (corner of Broadway and Scott, just west of 6th Ave) 100% Renewable Energy: Earth Day Weekend Rally This Saturday April 20 at 10:00 am, the Tucson Climate Action Network continues its campaign to stop TEP’s stockpiling and burning of coal and push ahead with [...]

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How Can Arizona Survive the Coming Dust Bowl? – Climate presentation at Milagro – May 4

posted April 17, 2013

at Milagro Cohousing, 3057 N Gaia Place, Tucson, AZ Come early for a tour of Milagro at 4 pm. How Can Arizona Survive the Coming Dust Bowl? Presentation by renowned climate scientist Dr. Steve Ghan, a Fellow of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Editor-in-Chief of the Atmospheres Section of the Journal of Geophysical Research. [...]

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Tucson Time Traders – Tucson’s Local Timebank

posted April 14, 2013

Please see timetraders.metasofa.org for more information on our Timebank orientation meetings and other events. We’re also at Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meetings to give information about timebanking and Tucson Time Traders, and help you sign up online.   TUCSON TIME TRADERS Helping Build Community 1 Hour at a Time Tucson Time Traders is our local Timebank [...]

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ST May Meeting – Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change – May 13

posted April 14, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change Almost all the food we eat in Tucson is not grown here. It isn’t even grown in Arizona. Please join us for the [...]

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Ask for Transportation Alternatives! – ADOT hearing in Tucson – Apr 12

posted April 11, 2013

at Pascua Yaqui Justice Center – Albert V Garcia Auditorium, 7777 S Camino Huivism, Building C, Tucson AZ ADOT hearing in Tucson – Fri, Apr 12th, 9 AM Ask for Transportation Alternatives! Come to a public hearing and speak in support of transportation options. There will be a hearing in Tucson this Friday, April 12th [...]

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Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center – Tucson Bus Riders Union – April 2

posted March 25, 2013

at the Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress Street, Tucson AZ   Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center Music, food, information, and the opportunity to give YOUR input. As downtown development proceeds, what will become of the Ronstadt Center? The City of Tucson has begun a public process aimed at “seeking a qualified development team [...]

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Rethinking Money in Tucson – meetings with Bernard Lietaer & Jacqui Dunne – March 25 & 26

posted March 22, 2013

Monday – Santa Rita Room, Student Union, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ Tuesday – City of Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Avenue, Meeting Room C in the basement   Both events are Free. Monday’s will also be webcast (ask for address). Please RSVP for Tuesday. Rethinking Money: A Wildcat Currency? Date: Monday, March [...]

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Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, & Sustainability – starting March 27

posted March 15, 2013

for 6 Wednesdays, near Congress & Grande, Tucson AZ Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, & Sustainability Discussion Course Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture offers “Hungry for Change”, a 6-session discussion course that analyzes the connection between food, ethics, and sustainability. The goals of the course are to explore the interconnected nature of food systems & our [...]

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ST April Meeting – Power to the People: Should TEP be municipalized? – April 8

posted March 15, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Power to the People: Should TEP be municipalized? with guest speaker Leslie Glustrom, Research Director for Clean Energy Action, Boulder Colorado also speaking – Dan Millis (Sierra Club) The science is clear. [...]

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Cholla and Nopal Harvesting Workshop – April 18

posted March 14, 2013

West Side Tucson near Trails End and Camino de Oeste, Tucson AZ   Cholla Bud and Nopal Harvesting Workshop Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture and Flor de Mayo to learn how to harvest, process, preserve, and cook with cholla buds and nopales, both traditional foods of the Native Peoples of the Sonoran desert. Cholla buds [...]

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Citizens Climate Lobby monthly conference call & planning meeting – (usually) first Saturdays

posted February 28, 2013

at 255 W University Blvd, Tucson AZ Groups meet at 9:45am PT / 12:45pm ET, the international conference call starts at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET. The conference call is about an hour long, and the groups meet for another hour after that to plan actions.   Citizens Climate Lobby – Monthly Conference [...]

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ST March Meeting – Climate Change Activism – March 11

posted February 14, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Climate Change Activism – Messaging and Solutions with guest speaker Julie Robinson, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University In our future there will be no more important issue to the [...]

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ST February Meeting – Tucson’s Economy – Feb 11

posted January 22, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Local Economy • Financial and Monetary Innovation Please join us for Sustainable Tucson‘s February Meeting where we’ll hear leaders and experts from Tucson and Phoenix, and engage everyone in discussion on the [...]

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TUCAN – Tucson Climate Action Network – (usually) 2nd Wednesdays

posted January 9, 2013

at Pima Friends Meeting House, 931 N 5th Ave, Tucson AZ Also see: monthly conference call with Citizens Climate Lobby, and the March 2013 Sustainable Tucson meeting on Climate Change Activism   March 16 thru 23 is the Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action – details at www.tarsandsblockade.org/actionweek   Jan 7, 2013 Dear friends [...]

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Sustainable Tucson joins Tucson Timebank

posted January 9, 2013

Sustainable Tucson joins Tucson Timebank Sustainable Tucson is a co-sponsor of our local timebank Tucson Time Traders, and Sustainable Tucson is also a member of Tucson Time Traders. If you volunteer for Sustainable Tucson in the working groups, monthly meetings, or in other ways, you can get hours of credit in the timebank from Sustainable [...]

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ST January 2013 Meeting – Jan 14

posted January 8, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson 2013 How We Can Take Action in the New Year Lots of powerful efforts are happening in Tucson and around the world to make a more sustainable and secure future. Join Sustainable Tucson on Monday, January [...]

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Chasing Ice – special film opening at The Loft – Dec 14

posted December 11, 2012

at The Loft, 3233 E Speedway, Tucson AZ Tucson Climate Action Networking starting at 7pm Chasing Ice Co-presented by the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, featuring a special introduction by the Institute of the Environment on opening night, Friday, December 14th at 7:30 pm Tucson Climate Action Network will be tabling before and [...]

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Water Resources Research Center – Brown Bag Seminars – Nov 29, Dec 6 & 11

posted November 25, 2012

at Sol Resnick Conference Room, Water Resources Research Center, 350 N Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ See below for details on December 6   Water Resources Research Center – Brown Bag Seminars Thursday, November 29 Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm Speakers: Sharon Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center, Specialist and Professor, Department of Soil, Water and [...]

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The World According to Monsanto Screening

posted November 24, 2012

More Than a Food Fight: Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy More Than A Food Fight: Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy Video clips from “The World According to Monsanto” and a discussion led by Bill McDorman & Belle Starr of [...]

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Collaborative Redesign of the Sonoran Desert Foodshed – Localizing Our Food Supply – Gary Nabhan and Michael Brownlee – December 10

posted November 18, 2012

Free and open to the public at Pima Community College downtown, Amethyst Room, 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson AZ (also see campus map for lots of free parking) Collaborative Redesign of the Sonoran Desert Foodshed and Localizing Our Food Supply with Gary Nabhan and Michael Brownlee Please note special time and location for this month’s [...]

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More Than a Food Fight – Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy – film clips & discussion – Nov 30

posted November 10, 2012

Free, at the Historic Y, 738 N 5th Avenue, Tucson   More Than a Food Fight: Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom presents video clips from “The World According to Monsanto” and a discussion with Bill McDorman & Belle Starr of [...]

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Natural Beekeeping – NS/S free salon – Oct 15

posted October 15, 2012

at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ (note new time 5 to 7 pm) Natural Beekeeping with Jaime de Zubeldia from ReZoNation Farm Why is beekeeping so popular? What do we need to know about beekeeping specific to our region? Local beekeeper Jaime will share natural beekeeping methods and provide an [...]

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Seeds of Freedom – Tucson Film Premiere – Oct 16

posted October 15, 2012

at Native Seeds / SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E River Road, Tucson AZ   Seeds of Freedom – Tucson film premiere In conjunction with World Food Day and part of the Act for Seed Freedom Fortnight, we will screen a short documentary exploring the importance of seed saving and the current threats to the practice. [...]

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Fermentation Talk and Workshop with Sandor Katz – NS/S – Oct 22

posted October 15, 2012

Free, at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ Can’t get enough kombucha, kimchi, or sauerkraut? Join us for a special evening with fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz, author of the bestselling Wild Fermentation. Sandor will answer your questions and share tips from his latest book The Art of Fermentation, which offers the [...]

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Special Food Day Screening of Genetic Roulette – Oct 24

posted October 4, 2012

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ Special Food-Oriented Presentation for Food Day, a day to celebrate healthy, sustainable food production: Movie Screening at 7 p.m. of the new groundbreaking definitive documentary on the health risks of genetically modified foods, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, followed by a panel discussion [...]

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