Thank you to all who joined us at the 2018 Arizona Food & Farm Forum! For takeaways and presentations, click here.

See everyone again in 2019!


May 8 & 9, 2018
The Farm at Agritopia  |  gilbert, arizona

Conversations & strategies for our diverse & prosperous future.

The AZ Food & Farm Forum is a 2-day conference for producers, food entrepreneurs, and local food advocates, programmed to change the way our desert state feeds itself. The event features networking sessions, nationally-acclaimed keynote speakers, instructional workshops, & the opportunity to grow your local food community.


Who Should Attend:

  • Food Producers & Entrepreneurs: farmers, ranchers, food artisans, & home gardeners

  • Food Distributors & Market Managers

  • Industry professionals with the desire to connect with the needs of local food production

  • SNAP-Ed and Food Access Advocates

  • Youth: 4-H members, FFA students

  • Chefs & Restaurateurs 

  • Any community member dedicated to community food system development


2018 Programming

2018 Keynote: Deborah Frieze

Deborah Frieze is founding partner of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient and inclusive local economy. Deborah is co-author (with Margaret Wheatley) of Walk Out Walk On, an award-winning book that profiles pioneering leaders who walked out of organizations failing to contribute to the common good—and walked on to build resilient communities. She is also founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center in Boston, MA. 

Join for the Keynote Address, From Separation to Relationship: The Changing Nature of Food & Finance on Tuesday, May 8 from 8:40am-9:40am. Tickets available to attend only the keynote here


featuring workshops and presentations from arizona's food innovators

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Anne Costa


Desert Mission Food Bank

Connor Descheemaker

Local First Arizona For(u)m

Kristen Osgood

Stern Produce


Jeff Malkoon

Peanut Butter Americano

Ashley Schimke

Arizona Department of Education

Sun Produce Cooperative

tamara stanger

Hello Basin Brewing Company

stewart jacobSen

Arizona Department of Agriculture

Matt Moore

The Farm at Los Olivos

danny knee

Community Investment Corporation

rj johnson

Peddler's Son Produce & Provisions

fred san nicolas

Arizona Farm Service Agency

elyse guidas

Farm Express by Discovery Triangle

sterling johnson

Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Megan carney

University of Arizona
Center for Regional Food Studies

katie critchley

Johnston Family Foundation for Urban Agriculture

john penry

Penry Consulting

erik stanford

Pivot Produce

nina sajovec

Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture

jeff hays

USDA Rural Development

cindy gentry

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

mark rhine

Rhiba Farms

karalea cox

Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation

ingrid hirtz

Community Cuisine

adrianne udarbe

Pinnacle Prevention

jonathan netzky

Local Alternative Foods

Jeremy krones

Diablo Trust

joseph oddo

Arizona Department of Agriculture

juan chavez

Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture/AmeriCorps VISTA

dorie morales

Green Living Magazine

Kate Cox

The New Food Economy

Dave Brady

Bar B Produce & Sun Produce Cooperative

Carola Grebitus

ASU Morrison School of Agribusiness

Rebecca de la torre

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

Renée Shaw Hughner

ASU Morrison School of Agribusiness

Chris Chappell

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company

Chip Norton

Sinagua Malt

Olga Borquez

Wholesum Harvest

kimberly schonek

The Nature Conservancy

Bernadette Bucco

Crooked Sky Farms

chaz shelton

Merchant's Garden


ASU Morrison School of Agribusiness

rosanne albright

City of Phoenix


Good Food Finder AZ


Farmer Tim Colby

The Farm at Agritopia

kimberly roland

Arizona Better Business Bureau

Jennifer McClellan

The Arizona Republic

Pamela Hamilton

Edible Phoenix

John Wann

Spaces of Opportunity

danielle leoni

The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

Cameron Kulik

Local First Arizona

Patti Marrs

The Orme School

Rachel burgoyne


Natalie Morris

Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition

Andrew Berardy

ASU Food System Transformation Initiative

Our Venue

the farm at agritopia

3000 E Ray Road

Gilbert, Arizona 85296






The Hyatt Place Gilbert is offering a $99 nightly rate to Forum attendees. Click here to access the special. 


Sustainability at Food & Farm Forum:  Local First Arizona Foundation works hard to lessen the environmental impact of this event.  We strive to first reduce the amount of waste created, and then recycle & compost acceptable materials to reduce the amount that goes to the landfill.


Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors for investing in our strong local food community!

click here to learn about becoming a sponsor