Garden_Workshop_2013_10 (1)If you’re like me, you’re beginning to daydream about cooler weather and that fall garden of greens, herbs and root crops. The time is right to plan or expand your garden, revamp your compost and sharpen your skills and your tools. The Community Food Bank garden program is also in full swing for fall! Stop by the Wednesday Work Parties (8 am-12 pm at Community Food Bank Garden) to help with little baby plants and help transition the garden to the new season. Contact the volunteer coordinator at (520) 882-3292 or AGreene@communityfoodbank.org to sign up to volunteer in the garden any Wednesday morning

Register today for Fall Garden Workshops!
The Community Food Bank’s fantastic lineup of free Fall Garden Workshops is now available. Click here to see the schedule or register on our website here.

Finally, please stop by the Community Food Bank table at the UA mall on Food Day, October 22nd, to plant a desert-adapted fall season veggie seed in a cup of soil to take home and start growing your own food! See you there…

FOOD-LOGO-plate-text-1line-01-1The University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is known as “The People College.” They study people and their connections with each other, their pasts, and the world around them. Starting October 15th, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is hosting a FREE lecture series open to the public that is designed to share those insights by inviting UA faculty to take the stage of the Fox Tucson Theatre and share their work. You may be wondering, “What does this lecture series have to do with UA Food Day?” Well it just so happens that this year’s lecture series is all about “food” and it’s connections with people’s health, culture, and environment…a perfect fit for the UA Food Day celebration!

The lectures will be every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM beginning October 15th, ending November 12th. On the evening of UA Food Day (October 22nd) Gary Nabhan will present his lecture titled “Tucson: City of Gastronomy, Hub for Food Diversity”. The Downtown Lecture Series website states “This presentation will highlight why Tucson has been nominated to become the first UNESCO-recognized Global City of Gastronomy in North America, and why it has become a nursery grounds for re-diversifying the American diet as means to provide farmers with better livelihoods, celebrate our multi-cultural food heritage, and combat obesity and diabetes.” For more information about Gary Nabhan, visit http://downtownlectures.arizona.edu/2014-downtown-lecture-series and click on his photo to read his bio or go to garynabhan.com to learn more.

You can get your ticket at the Fox Theater box office starting at 4:00 pm on the day of each lecture. Can’t make it downtown? Thanks to their partnership with Arizona Public Media, the Downtown Lecture Series can be brought to you live via an online broadcast. The live broadcasts can be picked up anywhere there’s an internet connection. Links to the live broadcasts can be found at http://downtownlectures.arizona.edu/2014-downtown-lecture-series under the description of each lecture. You can also check back on the Downtown Lecture Series website to watch the recording if you miss a lecture.SBS LOGO-01

Hope, positivity, change—now when Gina Murphy- Darling speaks it’s as Mrs. Green, the creator, the voice and the motivator behind Mrs. Green’s World, an international radio network and multimedia platform. Her radio show features guests on the forefront of the green movement globally, nationally and regionally.

Gina Murphy-Darling, Mrs.Green

Gina Murphy-Darling, Mrs.Green

Advocating for locally-grown, sustainably produced, wholesome foods is an ongoing theme on Mrs. Green’s World which is one of many reasons why they will be participating again at this year’s UA Food Day Fair. Visit her table at the fair and check out her wheel of green fortune!

Additionally, Mrs. Green’s World has produced a special 8-part series focused on food and its critical relevance to the preservation of the planet titled What Am I Eating and Why Should I Care? You can listen to this series by clicking here.

Join the Mrs. Green’s World community every Saturday at noon on their radio show at mrsgreensworld.com. Follow them on facebook, twitter, youtube, pinterest, and instagram at:

PrintFERN (Farm Education Resource Network) is a growing network of farmers and educators in the desert Southwest who have come together to support the advancement of sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and healthy food choices through education.

To secure local food sources in the desert Southwest through educational exchanges between current producers engaged in diverse ecologically conscious agriculture, and a new generation of food producers.

We envision a network of food producers in the desert Southwest who are active in connecting students of all ages to dynamic agricultural experiences. In turn, our region’s food opportunities are enriched by supporting our current growers and a new generation of food producers through farm-based educational exchanges.
Visit us at www.fernschool.org and stop by our table at the UA Food Day Fair on Wednesday, October 22nd on the UA Mall!

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Pima County Master Gardeners work with the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension.  Master Gardeners are a dedicated group of volunteers who maintain a variety of dynamic and unique gardens that demonstrate best growing practices for Tucson and Pima County.  They are committed to extending the research of the University by actively sharing their knowledge in the community.

As part of the UA Food Day Main Event from Noon-1 PM the Master Gardeners will be presenting How to Grow Vegetables in Containers.  Join us to get ready to start your fall vegetable garden.

They will be teaming up with UA Student Union’s Executive Chef Michael Omo who will perform a cooking demonstration.

The Master Gardeners will be available to answer any questions you may have after the presentation. Visit the Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ table during the event for information about growing vegetables and fruits.

You won’t want to miss it!

For gardening questions call the Plant Clinic at 520-626-5161 (Open Mon-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM).

Like them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pimamastergardeners.

palmoil1 The Palm Oil Initiative is a group of students and faculty united under the drive to educate the public on palm oil, an ingredient found in a significant portion of food and toiletry items which carries with it a slew of personal health, human rights, and environmental costs.

According to the Rainforest Action Network, “In rain forests half a world away from the United States, orangutans are making their last stand for survival. Scientists warn that these gentle and intelligent animals, among humankind’s closest kin, could become extinct within our lifetime if their rainforest homes continue to be destroyed for palm oil plantations. And the primary threat to these animals is much closer to you than you might think: It’s hidden in the snack food aisle of your local grocery store, and likely in your own shopping cart”…in fact it’s in 52% of EVERYTHING in American Stores.

Food Day at the University of Arizona offers an opportunity to ask students questions about what they’re eating.  The Palm Oil Awareness Initiative will be offering information regarding foods that contain palm oil, some alternative food items, as well as interactive games that will provide facts regarding the implications of consumption.  Informational posters will be provided including topics such as endangered species, human rights, personal health, climate change, and what you can do!

For more information visit  www.whatispalmoil.weebly.com

Like or contact on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/palmoilawarenessinitiative


Do 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 22nd  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 22nd. 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 24th. For more information, please contact:

Sarah Rokuski, RD
UA Food Day Coordinator

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.

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


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