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.
Erik Stanford cut his fingers in restaurant kitchens across the country before landing in Tucson, Arizona and discovering a passion for its unique local food system. In seeing a barrier for chefs to purchase locally grown produce, he created Pivot Produce in 2015. The distribution company aggregates produce from 20+ small scale farms in southern Arizona and distributes to 20+ restaurants, breweries, and schools in Tucson. Active member of; Pima County Food Alliance, Tucson City of Gastronomy, and Commission on Food Security, Heritage, and Economy.