Join the University of Arizona from Jan. 13–15 for the Arizona Food and Finance Forum, featuring nationally-acclaimed speakers, including Slow Money founder Woody Tasch, on fostering start up food micro enterprises and new farms as means to jump-start the recovery of local economies. The night of the 13th will feature a lecture by two nationally recognized speakers from Slow Food USA and Slow Money in downtown Tucson. The registered participants forum will take place all day Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 14 and 15, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Biosphere 2 in Oracle. This forum will include lectures by Elizabeth Ü, author of Raising Dough, and Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona and board member of the the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, as well as other leaders. Participatory workshops on matching financial strategies with local business needs and a showcase of start-up enterprises seeking funding will follow.
“This two-day summit has the possbility to change the health and well-being of Arizona farmers, ranchers, chefs, processors, and eaters,” said Gary Nabhan, a professor in sustainable food systems at the UA and a conference organizer.
The forum is sponsored by the Kellogg program for sustainable food systems at the University of Arizona, in collaboration with Local First Arizona, Good Food Finder, Slow Money Arizona, Edible Baja Arizona, Edible Phoenix, Sustainable Tucson, Slow Food Southern Arizona, Slow Food Phoenix, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, the Pima County Food Alliance, Mesa Community College Sustainable Food Systems, and Native Seeds/SEARCH. The $200 pre-registration deadline is Jan. 1; visit localfirstaz.com. Room reservations are available by contacting Kimberly Land at Biosphere 2.