SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS2020-01-08T02:09:24-07:00

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


Local Food Weekly Update Nov. 13

November 12th, 2017|

by Tearsa Saffell   Southwest VegFest is on Sunday November 19, from 10 am - 5 pm at Steele Indian School Park. AZSA will be hosting a booth where we will be featuring the Lexicon

Sustainable Food Update, November 6, 2017

November 6th, 2017|

by Tearsa Saffell Sustainable Food Systems monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, November 8, at the Tempe Public Library from 6:30-8 pm.   On Sunday, November 19, AZSA will have a booth at the Southwest Veg

Foods Update

September 3rd, 2017|

by Reyna Olvey Mark your calendars! September Foods Meeting: Sunday 9/10 at 12pm. Tempe public library. Phoenix Food Day - Saturday 10/21 Southwest Vest Fest - Saturday November 11th - free! The foods team will

Sustainable Foods, July 2, 2017

July 1st, 2017|

by Kammy Pany This week we spoke with Tara Mahmood, a nutrition master's student at ASU. She partnered up with a local Muslim woman Nadia Katrangi who founded the project, Grow My Own. Nadia is

Sustainable Food Systems, June 25, 2017

June 24th, 2017|

by Kammy Pany This week we have connected with the Maricopa County Public Health Food Systems Coordinator and also Local First AZ, thanks to one of our new members Kristen Osgood.  We will be meeting

Sustainable Food Systems

June 17th, 2017|

by Kammy Pany This week we met with ASU to discuss possible ideas for projects. There will be a follow up meeting next week. We also are working on a grant for the food in

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