In 2015, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona began convening a network of partners including farms, school districts, healthcare institutions, food distributors, and advocates to develop a regional food value chain that gets fresh, local produce to people in large volumes through institutional buyers. The value chain network is innovating to develop and test new systems and markets—making tangible changes to the way our food system functions—while working to build inclusive, local ownership and control of our region’s natural, social, and financial resources and a regional food system that works for all. Join us for a panel discussion as we explore the collective impact – from a local economic development standpoint, a sustainable environmental standpoint, a civic engagement standpoint, and a cultural conservation standpoint – generated through this partnership.
Cameron Jones was raised in Tucson. A meandering path brought him into the fields of journalism, education, and human rights law—and to the Dominican Republic—before eventually leading back home and into agriculture. Since 2014 he has worked seasonally on farms in Southern Arizona and North Carolina; he also ran a school garden program for a couple years. He believes good food for everyone and fair compensation for those who grow it should be a primary concern for every community. Currently, Cameron is managing a small urban farm in Tucson for 5 Points Market & Restaurant, and is a member of the Southern Arizona Young Farmer & Rancher Coalition (SAYFRC).