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.
Rani Olson is passionate about attracting youth to examine critically the complexity of our food system, how and why it functions the way it does, and to develop robust skills to be active change-makers in reimagining a just food system. She is recruiting you – yes you reading these words at this very moment – to come as you are, with your passions and unique talents, to participate in creating a wave of positive change to carry us into a just, equitable, and environmentally sound future as a collective voice, as a collective people, to do the work.
For the past decade, Ms. Olson has explored the internal and external world of our local food system and food ways. She continues to work at Tucson Unified School District, both coordinating their Farm to School program, as well as directing and launching the Food Literacy Program and Lab. A website will be live in the summer of 2019 – stay tuned!