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You can’t beet March! This month we highlight Arizona’s female farmers and chefs, send support to those who braved last month’s weather to feed us, and share opportunities to grow and eat the state’s best food.
45% of farms in Arizona are owned or co-owned by women. This International Women’s Month we’re spotlighting these hard-working women by sharing a recently updated Female Farmer Project story about the unique benefits and challenges of farming in Arizona.
Last week’s heavy rain and snowfall were a beautiful anomaly, but prevented many of our beloved Arizona farmers and ranchers from selling their goods due to unexpected closures. Here’s how to show up and support them!
For this month’s Cash Mob, we’re sending you to two local-sourcing all stars. These restaurants recently won the Excellence in Sustainability Award at the Devour Culinary Classic for their eco-friendly practices and support of local Arizona agriculture. Go visit Gertrude’s and The Parlor Pizzeria to show your local love.
Family farms made Phoenix livable, so why are so many going away? Local rancher Selwyn Justice of Justice Brothers Ranch was interviewed in this piece about the past, present, and future of farming in the Valley. More
Two Foragers, One Sake Savant, and a Dream of Arizona Miso
Citrus. Fry bread. Steel-kissed flour tortilla with melted butter. Grass-fed steak raised in the Verde Valley. Cactus fruit. The next Arizona food? Miso. More
SB1476 Offers a Bright Future for Beginning Farmers
Senate Bill 1476 will provide much needed funding for beginning farmer internships in Arizona. The bill also supports farms and ranches across the state to ensure the future of Arizona-grown food! Learn how you can support it here.
3/1 – 3/31 – Garden Expo
Scottsdale | Times Vary
Scottsdale Public Library is offering FREE gardening workshops throughout March with useful information and tips about gardening in the desert. Learn about landscaping, community gardens, composting and more!
Calling all urban gardeners and farmers! Join Grow PHX and local urban farming businesses for a happy hour at Duck and Decanter. Don’t miss the chance to ask questions about your garden, yard, or farm.
3/15 – Coffee & Conversation: Don Guerra of Barrio Bread
Tucson | 8:30 – 10am
Don’t miss this chance to have coffee with Don Guerra, 2019 James Beard “Outstanding Baker” nominee and founder of Barrio Bread. Hear about how Guerra integrates heritage grains into his work and promotes the local food movement in Tucson.
Join the Desert Botanical Gardens for a plant sale with 30,000 varieties! Stroll the gardens while on-site horticulture experts help you find the perfect cactus, agave or ornamental to plant in your garden. Members only on Friday, open to the public Saturday and Sunday.
Join us on Roosevelt Row to meet some local coffee experts for a walking tour of sustainable coffee and local art. We will begin our day at Fair Trade Café before continuing on to Street Coffee, Considerate Coffee Co. and Blue House Coffee!
You can skip the landfill thanks to Recycled City, a Phoenix compost provider that picks up food scraps and organic matter of all kinds and turns it into fertile soil. Join us on a tour of their new compost facility, and learn how food waste turns into soil.
This FREE six session Seed to Supper course will teach you how to grow your own food with practical, low-cost gardening techniques for building, planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting a vegetable garden.
Call (928) 445-6590 x 221 to register.
3/21 – Devour the World
Phoenix | 6 – 9pm
Devour isn’t over yet! Thanks to the February rain Devour the World is rescheduled for March 21st. Unwind in the serene Japanese Friendship Garden as you taste multicultural cuisines from your favorite countries and experience the vast array of international flavors in Arizona.
3/27 – Alice Waters Lecture: Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food Culture
Tempe | 3 – 5pm
In this talk, Chef Alice Waters will remind us the power that we have in eating slow food amidst the culture of fast food. Waters is a champion for local sustainable agriculture and founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. Stay after the talk for a Q & A and book signing.
Seeds are a great way to share our local food heritage. It’s easy to participate: Bring seeds if you have them with information about the variety, year collected, location grown, tips from your personal experience. No seeds to exchange? No problem. Everyone will leave with new seeds in their pocket.
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