“Fields to Tables,” is a photo documentary exhibit by photographer Josh Schachter, scholars Anita Fonte and Steve Harvath, and the Community Food Resource Center of the Community Food Bank. The exhibit tells the story of how food is grown, distributed, purchased, and prepared today along the Santa Cruz River through photographs of the land and people. The photographs honor local food growers and local food traditions which are part of Tucson’s history and culture; and the photos demonstrate that purchasing and preparing locally grown food builds a healthier community. The exhibit provides a visual demonstration of the deep connections between land, food, and people.
Local farms connect local food to local people. Local food growers pictured in “Fields to Tables” grow many varieties of fruits, vegetables, and native foods. The photos depict six summer crops: tepary beans, corn, verdolagas (also known as purslane), chilies, squash, and watermelon; and three farms: the Community Food Bank Nuestra Tierra Demonstration and Market Garden in Tucson, Forever Yong Farm in Arivaca, and the Tohono O’odham San Xavier Cooperative Farm of the Tohono O’odham Nation San Xavier District; all sell at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market.
The photographs are glimpses into the connection we can have with the local people and places that grow fruits and vegetables for us to eat. The intimate experience of preparing and eating food is enriched when we know who grew it and where the food comes from that we put into our bodies. At a time when the American people are gaining weight and are experiencing chronic health challenges, knowing about the food we eat is an opportunity to improve our personal health and the health of our community. A local food system is a social and economic catalyst, providing an opportunity to improve the health of our local economy and our community.
The “Fields to Tables” exhibit can be displayed in schools, organizations, libraries, or other spaces. To inquire about the exhibit please contact:
520-622-0525 ext 220