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The Garden Kitchen logoThe Garden Kitchen is a food-based nutrition education program that offers free cooking, gardening, and physical activity classes to the community. As a U of A College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension program, we work to inspire Pima County residents to make lifestyle choices that have a lasting, positive impact on the health and wellness of you and your family.

Through interactive and engaging classes, we empower families with the
skills and knowledge to make wholesome, nutritious meals on any budget. Our goal is to motivate all community members to jump in and get cooking! It is our belief that this seed-to-table nutrition education provides the skills needed in every step of bringing a healthy meal to the kitchen table — from growing and purchasing food to preparation and storage. Whether you are just starting to learn about food or are an experienced cook, The Garden Kitchen is the place for you!

At the 2015 UA Food Day, The Garden Kitchen will be demonstrating how to apply MyPlate standards to our Native Foods. Join us for tips and tastes on the mall! If you’d like more information about The Garden Kitchen before October 14th, please visit our website: thegardenkitchen.org or “like” us on Facebook.cooperative-extension

The sound of bugs buzzing, bottles fizzing as their tops are popped off, and the sizzle of a delicious steak on the grill all on a Arizona Beef Imagewarm summer night floods us with memories of treasured times with family and friends. As Arizona beef ranchers and farmers, it’s our privilege and goal to help deliver the center pieces to those wonderful times.

The Arizona Beef Council is a beef rancher- and farmer-directed organization with goals of promoting beef, educating consumers about the many aspects of raising cattle, as well as the nutritional benefits of beef to one’s diet. Another area of importance is investing in research to ensure our beef is safe, not only for our own families to consume but also for yours as well, to demonstrate that animals are handled with respect and the best care possible, and for measurement and improvement of how our cattle effect the environment.

Arizona Beef image 2This year, we are excited to attend the University of Arizona’s Food Day to share all the great things beef has to offer! We are looking forward to visiting with students about how cattle are raised and cared for, the nutritional benefits of consuming beef, and many more topics.

We are bringing along some interactive games so be ready to play and potentially win a prize!

We are at arizonabeef.com. We’re also on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Check us out for all things cattle and beef. Another great resource for additional questions is FactsAboutBeef.com.

Sprout Solutions          Wanda Poindexter         sproutsolutions@yahoo.com

Seeds, beans, grains and nuts can be sprouted. Sprouts are a form of agriculture that can be locally grown and available in all four seasons. These “baby” vegetables are grown from seed to table inside, in a jar, in 3-5 days. That makes them easy, economical nutrition. In fact, one pound of seeds can yield 10-14 jars of fresh greens.

Your body is alive and it will be healthier when eating live, fresh food with no additives and little processing. Sprouts are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and chlorophyll. They are easy to digest and a good “quick energy” food.

At the UA Food Day Fair you will have an opportunity to learn all you need to know to grow your own healthy, economical sprouts with little effort. Instructions & recipes will be provided!

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Sprouting Class at Presidio Garden in Tucson

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What you need to begin sprouting: a jar, a piece of netting, seeds or beans, water.

NUTS club photoWhether you live to eat or eat to live, food ties us all together. Food can turn a study session into a party, comfort a broken heart, or power you through a killer workout. The 2015 UA Food Day Fair will celebrate fresh, novel, cultural and healthy foods, as well as virtually every other kind of food-related topic you can think of.

The University of Arizona Nutrition Club will be right in the middle of it all, because that is what we’re all about: food education. Some of us are passionate about teaching the next generation how to eat healthfully and stay active. Others want to teach college students how to cook something other than toast and ramen so that they can go out into the world, better able to feed themselves. And like Miss America, some of us really do just want to end world hunger, which is why our club holds two highly successful food drives each year.

If you’re interested in these kinds of things too, follow us on Facebook or stop by our table at the Food Day Fair on Wednesday October 14th out on the Mall. We would love to see you there!

And if all that food stuff really isn’t your cup of tea, come out to the next Food Day anyway, because you know what foodies always bring? Samples!

IMG_4711Do you have a vision of healthy, sustainable, and affordable food available on the University of Arizona (UA) campus? Are you interested in promoting better foods for all of us? If so, join us!
With your help our campus will have a strong voice.

 
What is Food Day?
Food Day is a national, grassroots movement toward improving access to healthy, affordable, and sustainable food created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. In 2011, over 2300 events took place across the country, engaging tens of thousands of Americans in education and civic activism. Food Day has the ultimate goal of strengthening and unifying the food movement and improving food policies by encompassing hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare, and farm-worker justice.
Our campus plays a strong role in this movement. Many departments are working hard to promote healthy, sustainable and affordable food at the UA. By joining together with a shared vision on October 14th we will promote real food and inspire students, faculty and community members.

 
What are we doing at the UA?
From the top down, the UA promotes healthy and sustainable living. That’s why we are celebrating with a giant Food Day Fair on Wednesday, October 14th from 10 AM- 2 PM on the UA Mall. We hope that this showcase event motivates and inspires us all to do even more to improve food on our campus and in our Tucson community.

 
How can you get involved?
If you are interested in learning more, please contact us. You might be interested in promoting your club or program at the UA Food Day Fair. Or perhaps you want to volunteer to help organize campus events. You may just want to stay tuned in so that you can attend our awesome Food Day Fair on October 14th. For more information, please contact:

 
Sarah Marrs, RDN
UA Food Day Coordinator
520-626-6265
srokuski@email.arizona.edu

 
Don’t forget to stay in the loop by following this blog on email (see sidebar). UAFoodDay.com will be your go-to resource for information about the UA Food Day Fair. Check out the tabs at the top of the page to learn about our sponsors, exhibitors and special events taking place in celebration of UA Food Day.

 
Celebrate, Educate, and Promote. Be Inspired By Food!

IMG_4756IMG_4703What a great time everyone had at UA Food Day 2014! Food, fun and great company was shared by all. Check out our photo gallery to relive the excitement!

 We would like to extend a sincere appreciation to our sponsors.  Without financial support from those who stand by the mission and priorities of Food Day, we would not be able to inspire the UA campus and Tucson community to make healthier and more sustainable food choices at the UA Food Day Fair. We would also like to thank our exhibitors for their involvement and for sharing such valuable information with the UA campus and Tucson community. Your presence is vital to the success and impact of our event and it was a pleasure working with you. Last but not least, thank you to our attendees! Without you there would be no UA Food Day Fair! We hope you enjoyed yourselves and learned something new along the way.

Mark your calendars!!…..UA Food Day 2015 will be October 14th! Hope to see you there!

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