Food is at the center of our daily lives, and agriculture and food production are major drivers of Arizona’s economy.
Supporting local farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs is critical in order to foster food-based economic development and expand access to affordable, fresh, and local food to all Arizonans.
Our portfolio of food initiatives demonstrates the connection between food and health, and works to create prosperity in urban and rural settings.
Connecting People to Healthy Local Food
Good Food Finder
Good Food Finder AZ is Arizona’s online directory of local foods, serving as a hub where you and institutional food buyers alike can discover and contact Arizona’s farmers and food producers. This free resource shortens food supply chains and improves access to local production. Additionally, the Good Food Finder Resources pages navigate users to food education opportunities, food access programs, and new market opportunities.
We host events throughout the year to strengthen Arizona's local food system and connect those working in our food economy.
Farmer + Chef Connection
An annual food show featuring exclusively Arizona-grown and produced foods and beverages. Chefs, restaurateurs, and all wholesale buyers are invited to connect with our homegrown producers.
A Place At The Table
Young Food Entrepreneurs
There is opportunity to help youth transition from agricultural record-keepers into food businesses by introducing them to entrepreneurship. To meet this need, Local First Arizona Foundation is piloting workshops and field trips to connect current high school youth with successful young food entrepreneurs and facilitated interactive activities in developing business plans.
Healthy Nutrition for Kids
While simultaneously increasing the availability of local food, our work continued to educate families. These videos feature local hip-hop talent, Myrlin Days, to talk about the importance of healthy eating. Called ‘Snack Time’, the videos are out of production and available for circulation. Here’s Snack Time with Myrlin!
Local First Arizona Foundation staff hold leadership positions in food policy groups and networks across the state in order to influence policy, share successful models, and connect Arizonans to existing resources.
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