Phoenix is rooted in local food-- from your favorite neighborhood spot to
the nationally touted chef-driven restaurant; the rancher and farmer who
provide local meat, dairy, and produce to our communities; a backyard
gardener who grows their own food and shares with their neighbor; to food
justice advocates distributing healthy, fresh food in food-insecure
neighborhoods. This is Phoenix's thriving local food culture. A resilient
local community that loves and values where it lives. A city as diverse and
vibrant as the residents who call it home. These strong, inclusive food hubs
begin with hometown pride, community support, and making sure our local food
businesses not only exist, but thrive!
Phoenix: Let's Eat Local! is a campaign
that celebrates the connection between Phoenix residents and the
makers, growers, and advocates building stronger food systems in our local
food communities. It is an invitation for residents to learn about our local
food communities, celebrate our diverse food pathways, and help our local
food businesses become more resilient and robust for ourselves and for
Want to become a Phoenix: Let's Eat Local! certified restaurant?
Please contact Kailey Mullis at email@example.com or 602-534-2488.
Local food systems are circular food production and consumption
networks that operate within a limited geographic area. Put simply, food
is grown, processed, prepared, eaten, and recycled (composted) in the
Local food systems are built on ecological care, diversification,
social justice, local economies, and resilient webs of production and
consumption. This circular system reduces the dependence on a global,
industrial food system and focuses on building resilient communities
that increase trust and social connectedness between producers, farmers,
Graphic provided by the Arizona Food Systems Network.
We've all heard it, "Local food costs way more" but is it true? From convenient ways to buy local groceries on a budget to supporting your neighborhood restaurant or farmer without emptying the piggy bank—here are five tips to get you started.
With Double Up Food Bucks, you can spend $1 with your active SNAP/EBT card and get $1 FREE to spend on fruits & veggies, dried beans, edible plants, and seeds at participating farmers markets and locations.
The City of Phoenix’s Resilient Food Systems Initiative offers a variety of programs and resources to help develop a stronger, connected local food system with more accessible and sustainable food options for Phoenix residents. Some of these programs include: