Organizations in baja Arizona are welcome to list their local food and sustainable agriculture workshops, events and celebrations. Don’t see your event on our calendar? Submit an event here.
January 13 – 15, 2014 – Arizona Food & Finance Forum, Tucson
The Arizona Food and Finance Forum will feature naturally-acclaimed speakers to help Arizonans foster new farms and food micro enterprises as means to jump start the recovery of our local economies.
We are hopeful that use this historic moment we can collectively serve as matchmakers between social entrepreneurs and investors—private and public—to begin to bring Arizona up from its fifth worst ranking among states in poverty and third worst ranking in childhood food insecurity. To do so, we feel we need to recruit and finance through a variety of sources tangible initiatives toward systemic food system change that not only nourish those among us who nutritionally at risk, but to alleviate poverty by creating green jobs with live-able wages in the farming, ranching, food processing, distribution and serving sectors of our economy.
The forum is hosted by the Kellogg Program for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona, in collaboration with Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture, 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 Food Systems Alliance and Native Seeds/SEARCH.
Conference Registration: Registration for the conference and submission of pitches or displays will be handled through www.localfirstaz.com/
Room Reservations at Biosphere 2: Room reservations ($89 a night per room, single or double occupancy) should be arranged directly with Biosphere 2, calling Kimberly Land at (520) 838-5013 or emailing email@example.com.
Monday, January 20 – Annual Member & Producer Field Day, Willcox
Join BASA for our annual Member & Producer Field Day on Monday, January 20 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. This year’s tour will be held at Sunizona Family Farms in Willcox. Here is a short blurb from Sunizona’s website:
“We started out as a conventional greenhouse growing long-english cucumbers that we sold to distributors across North America. In 2002, we were inspired to begin growing & distributing as much of our produce as possible within Arizona. We went out on a limb & switched from cucumber production to growing tomatoes, micro greens, salads & herbs. We weren’t sure how much we’d be able to sell when we started, but we’re so happy that we can say that we now sell about 95% of our produce locally!”
Additionally, Sunizona implements a vegan organic growing system that is free of animal products & uses strictly plant-based materials for fertilizing. They also employ a biomass boiler system that burns local pecan shells to heat their greenhouses.
Come learn more about why Sunizona made the switch to growing for local markets and the innovative sustainability tools they are using. Please RSVP by January 13 to Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-331-9821. This free event is for BASA members (current and past). Not a member yet? Contact Meghan to join!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – Business Planning for Local Food Producers & Farmers Market Vendors, Sierra Vista
Business planning is important for farmers market vendors of all shapes and sizes, from small‐scale backyard growers to established farmers and ranchers.
A FREE workshop will be taught by the Cochise College Small Business Development Center and Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture on Tuesday, February 4 from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus.
You will learn how to develop your business goals and objectives, define your audience/customers, determine marketing/sales strategies, explain how your products are unique, and implement a financial management system.
A well‐written and thoughtful business plan can help you understand your current productivity, or help you expand your operation (including successfully applying for loans).
To register, please contact the Cochise College SBDC at 520‐515‐5478 or email@example.com. Seating is limited and you MUST register to attend. While the class is geared towards food producers, it is open to anyone.