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Monthly Meeting

Wed. March 11, 2020 9:00-10:30am
Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health
4041 N. Central Ave. 14th Floor Cholla Room
Dial-in information available upon request



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February 2020 Newsletter

Urban Agriculture; Events & Opportunities 

 The Big Potential of Urban Farming
“For the first time, we have a data-driven approach that quantifies the ecosystem benefits from urban agriculture,” said Matei Georgescu, ASU associate professor of geographical sciences and urban planning

The Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campus garden.
As urban agriculture becomes a larger phenomenon across the globe and even here in Arizona, questions remain as to whether growing food in cities will really make an impact. Will cities become greener? Will the amount of food produced be worth the trade-offs?

This month, we revisited recent research led by Arizona State University in collaboration with Google, China's Tsinghua University, the University of Calirfornia, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii.

Researchers found that the benefits of urban agriculture extend beyond having fresh food in the hands of those who will consume it to addressing ecosystem issues such as urban heat-island effect, stormwater runoff, nitorgen fixation, pest control and energy savings.
Read more through coverage of the research from CityLab.

Brief: Meeting the Needs of Urban Agriculture
Lost on how to get started with your own Urban Agriculture Initiative? This brief might help.

Former site of the Phoenix Renews Community Garden, forced to close in 2017

Knowing that urban agriculture delivers social, health and economic benefits, you or your partners may be interested in joining the movement. Yet, obstacles may exist related to land-use, water access, soil contamination or lack of information regarding local regulations.

This brief from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept. presents six things your city can do to address common barriers and to support urban agriculture.  Click here to download it
More Urban Ag Resources
From PolicyLink: Growing Urban Agriculture : Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities
From USDA: The Urban Agriculture Toolkit

3/24: Meet the Maricopa County Food System Coalition

For those of you in Maricopa County,  join MarCo in celebrating their Five-year Anniversary at the Meet MarCo event. Come for the compelling stories, networking, and (of course) food.

Learn about the coalition's landmark Food Assessment (summary report here) through a series of compelling speakers, pick up some insightful reports, check out vendor booths, and maybe even go home with one of $1000 worth of raffle prizes.

Tuesday March 24, 2020
9:00 - 11:30am at Mesa Community College
Click this link to register for Meet MarCo today.

Interested in a Statewide Coalition?
Engage with the Arizona Food Systems Network
The AZFSN is a community of local, state and regional food systems advocates, practitioners and leaders who have a vested interest in collaborating to improve the food system for all Arizonans.
The Arizona Food Systems Network is an autonomous, self-organizing and informal community of practice convened by Pinnacle Prevention with support from Vitalyst Health Foundation.

3/19: Webinar - Juvenile Justice Food Environments

In the United States, juvenile justice facilities serve at least 144,000 meals per day to over 48,000 youth. Changes to food environments in juvenile justice settings have potential health equity implications.

In their upcoming webinar, Leveraging Juvenile Justice Food Environments to Advance Health Equity, ChangeLab Solutions and RTI International will share research findings on the following topics:
  • The juvenile justice population
  • Institutional food systems and operations
  • The policy and regulatory landscape
  • Potential policy and environmental improvements

3/11: Webinar: Walkability at the Ballot Box

It’s an election year, so it’s especially important that our elected officials and decision-makers are educated about issues that are important to our families and communities. Attendees of this webinar from America Walks will:
  • Explore strategies to engage local elected officials and other decision-makers around community issues related to walking and walkable communities
  • Consider ways to support walking and walkable communities in this election cycle and beyond
  • Gain knowledge about federal transportation issues and ways rethinking transportation in the US can put people first

3/26: Registration Now Open - Arizona Healthy Communities Conference

This year’s conference will highlight emerging issues that affect the most vulnerable populations in our state. Dynamic speakers will address the health impacts of climate change and engaging panelists will discuss collaboration opportunities for health care and community-based organizations to improve well-being.


Thursday, March 26, 2020
Desert Willow Conference Center
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Click here to Register

4/3: Register Soon! 2020 Arizona Bicycling Summit

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