Don Guerra

Sonora Rising : A Story of Water, Bread, and Life in the Tucson Desert -
10:00 am 10/14/2019
Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Water and wheat — foundations of life for millennia. In the American Southwest’s arid Sonoran Desert, water flows across Arizona from more than 300 miles away to quench the thirsts of over four million people and sustain the food, economy, and livelihoods they rely on every day. Join us
for a screening of Sonora Rising, a short film by environmental nonprofit, American Rivers which explores the thoughts of three visionaries — third-generation farmer Brian Wong, who grows a variety of low-water and heat tolerant organic heritage wheat in the arid plains northwest of Tucson, Don Guerra of Barrio Bread, who bakes 1,000 loaves of artisanal bread per day using local and indigenous wheat varieties, and Tim Thomure, the Director of Tucson Water who helps build and sustain a thriving city in the Sonoran Desert — creating and growing a circular economy of water, forging a sustainable future for a city that could have gone in another direction. And nearly did. The showing will be followed by an engaging panel discussion featuring Brian, Don, and Tim, joined by filmmaker Sinjin Eberle, with American Rivers.

Don Guerra the Owner/Baker of Barrio Bread in Tucson, Arizona, is committed to working with local farmers, chefs, and other food producers to strengthen the local grain economy and grow the local food network. In 2015 he was awarded a USDA Local Food Promotion Grant that significantly helped him to increase collaboration with others and expand production with a new bakery. He has taught a variety of baking classes and presented at conferences and workshops, highlighting his business model and work with heritage grains. In 2016 Don was named one of the Top Ten Bakers in America by Dessert Professionals magazine. He also received the Leveraging Your Localness award from Bite Magazine, Good Food Finder USA and Local First Arizona.