January 8–9, 2019

Tucson, Arizona

The Arizona Food Summit connects people, producers, resources, and food for a healthy Arizona. These are the 2019 Food Summit themes:

  1. Successful Partnerships & Collaborators
  2. Outreach & Community Education
  3. Smashing Regulatory Barriers
  4. Building Food System Infrastructure
  5. Innovation & the Future of Arizona Agriculture


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

9:00–9:30           Registration

9:30–10:15        Introductory Remarks

  • Mark Killian, Director, Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA)
  • Sheila Sjolander, Assistant Director of Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS)
  • Frank Migali, Deputy Assistant Director of Community Service Programs, Division of Aging & Adult Services, Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)

10:15–10:30      Summit Format, Process & Ground Rules

  • Liz Foster, Food Summit Moderator and Executive Director, Maricopa County Farm Bureau

10:30–10:45      Why AZDA & Food Access? 

  • Sharma Torrens, Marketing Manager, AZDA

10:45–11:45     Five-Year Action Plan

  • Cassie Lyman, Chair, Food & Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee (FAPAC)

12:00–1:30        Lunch and Keynote Speakers

  • Keisha Tatem, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service Arizona, USDA
  • James Mago, State Executive Director, Arizona Farm Service Agency, USDA

1:45–3:00           FAPAC Workshop: 2019 Focal Topics

  • Liz Foster, Food Summit Moderator

3:15–4:30           Arizona Food System Success Stories

  • Understanding Community Food Networks with Ken Meter: A Maricopa County Case Study
    • Ken Meter, Food System Analyst, Crossroads Resource Center
  • Panel: We Need Each Other!: Partnering to Build a Local Food Value Chain
    • Audra Christophel, Local Food Pathways Manager, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • Panel: Growing the Local Food Movement through Partnerships and Innovation
    • Dave Brady, Board President, Sun Produce Cooperative
  • Arizona Health Zone: Engaging with Communities to Promote Health
    • Natalia Santos, Food Systems Program Coordinator, AZ Health Zone-Cooperative Extension Nutritional Sciences (Pima County)
    • Jessica Davenport, Health Program Manager, Department of Health Services, Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity

5:00           Reception at Westward Look Resort


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

7:30–8:00                           Registration and Breakfast

8:00–8:45                           Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Shane Burgess, Dean, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

9:00–10:15                        Arizona Food System Success Stories

  • Biotech, What the Heck?
    • Katie Aikens, Director of Education, Arizona Farm Bureau
  • Panel: Foods of Our Ancestors: Revitalization of Traditional Crops and Agricultural Methods
    • Nina Sajovec, Farmer & Community Organizer, Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Panel: Local Production for Local Consumption
    • Chaz Shelton, Founder & CEO, Merchant’s Garden
  • Addressing Food Security through Collaboration
    • Jacob Jones-Martinez, Program Coordinator, Cochise County Health & Social Services
  • SEEDS: The Forgotten Key to Arizona’s Sustainable Agriculture
    • Bill McDorman, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance

10:30–11:45                      Arizona Food System Success Stories

  • Zero Hunger/Zero Waste
    • Pam Giannonati, Fry’s Food
    • Compost Cats, University of Arizona
  • Panel: Urban Gleaners Partner with Rural Growers Pima-Cochise Counties
    • Doug Biggers, Editor & Publisher, Edible Baja Arizona
  • Community Farming
    • Tucson Village Farm and Las Milpitas Community Farm

12:00–12:30                     Networking

12:30–1:30                        Lunch and Wrap-Up

  • Adrienne Udarbe, Executive Director, Pinnacle Prevention

2:00                                     Felicia’s Farm Tour (3761 E. River Road)