SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS2020-08-11T17:10:35-07:00

Project Description


We are dedicated to creating and supporting regenerative local food systems. Through community engagement, education and project-based assistance, we intend on empowering low-income communities and creating equitable, affordable food access throughout Arizona.


  • Increase food security in low income communities and mitigate food deserts by creating and supporting projects that provide low-income communities with equitable, affordable, convenient access to healthy foods.
  • Provide education to Arizonans on best practices for growing, eating and recycling healthy foods
  • Provide support to local farmers, distributors and vendors to strengthen the local food economy by increasing the amount of food that is grown and consumed locally


  • Maricopa County Food System Coalition (MARCO)
  • Vitalyst Health Foundation
  • Creighton Community Foundation
  • Alhambra School District, Phoenix
  • Fowler Elementary School District, Phoenix
  • Los Ninos Elementary, Tempe
  • Kyrene del Norte Elementary, Tempe
  • Microsoft
Volunteer Hours

Current and Planned Projects

Past Projects


Natures Ground

September 4th, 2020|

I don’t know about you, but I never realized how much anxiety I regularly experience until the pandemic. Admittedly, I’ve never felt anxiety this intensely or frequently, and it’s not my intention to co-opt or

The Little Gifts

July 13th, 2020|Tags: |

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer recalls her childhood experience being “raised by strawberries.” She contrasts the gift of wild strawberries with the commodity of strawberries from a private neighboring field, watching the latter

Reconnecting Food with its Roots

September 11th, 2017|

A report from Guardian.com estimates that “fifty percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away, some 60 million tons valued at 160 billion dollars.” Also, according to the EPA, “wasted food is the single biggest occupant in America’s landfills.” Worldwide, 34 million children suffer from severe malnutrition and another 1 million children die each year from hunger related causes.

Greenhouse Gardens

July 30th, 2017|

There are naysayers who lament, that too many regulations, and too much competition from mega-farms, make it impossible for the independent farmer to survive. A local couple, Jeannine and Cameron McChesney, are proving them wrong. Their success is made even more astounding, by the fact that their enterprise, Greenhouse Gardens, flourishes in an area that once was all desert.


“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

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