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

meet our 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.


featuring workshops and presentations from arizona's food innovators

Additional speakers added on a rolling basis

Anne Costa

HonorHealth 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



The Farm at Los Olivos

danny knee

Community Investment Corporation

rj johnson

Peddler's Son Produce & Provisions

Megan carney

University of Arizona
Center for Regional Food Studies


katie critchley

The Farm at Agritopia

john penry

Penry Consulting

erik stanford

Pivot Produce

nina sajovec

Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture

karalea cox

Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation


ingrid hirtz

Your Community Cook

adrianne udarbe

Registered Dietician Nutritionist

jonathan netzky

Local Alternative Foods

Our Venue

the farm at agritopia

3000 E Ray Road

Gilbert, Arizona 85296


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

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