In other parts of the country people hibernate in the winter as it gets too cold to venture out (or grow vegetables, for that matter!) In Tucson, our produce keeps coming (with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and melons on their way!), but our summer season is one where I find myself getting out early in the morning, and then trying to hibernate or hide for the bulk of the day.
As the temperature heats up and you look for ways to occupy your time during the hottest parts of the day, check out the now FREE VIEWING of the entire Good Food Film Series. There are 12 short films in total, but you can pick and choose the topics that interest you most and help you understand both the challenges and the good work that folks in the Arizona food system and farming community face.
Looking for even more engagement and participation? Check out the “Feeding Communities, Changing the Narrative” live virtual screenings of two of the films and follow up discussion facilitated by Slow Food. Be sure to register for free in advance for the link.
Slow Food USA, Slow Food Phoenix, and Local First Arizona’s Good Food Finder are proud to partner and screen two brief documentaries and a panel discussion, focusing on addressing inequities and reclaiming food freedom in Arizona and beyond.
The Good Food films — “Food as Medicine” and “Addressing Inequity In Arizona’s Local Food System” — provide a snapshot into the food justice movement that is not only happening in Arizona but across the country. Meet the next generation of farmers, healers, and ranchers who have entered the space to create a more localized food system that provides healthy, fresh, culturally appropriate food to their communities and are fighting to eliminate decades of food injustice.
Following the two fifteen-minute screenings, there will be a discussion with film producers and those featured in each documentary.
One of the featured short films, “Addressing Inequity in Arizona’s Local Food System,” features one of our newer local producers – Cruz Farm. Gabriel Cruz, a fourth-generation farmer, shares his journey and experiences amidst a changing environment.
While it may be difficult to hear about the hardships and hurdles that our local producers go through, you can take pride in your own efforts to improve the system and support local farmers just through being a Tucson CSA member. Each film also suggests other simple and yet effective ways that we can all create and support a more sustainable and just local food system.