Desert Harvester Workshops at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

2014 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

The 2014 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will kick off on Thursday, March 6, 2014 and run through Thursday, November 21, 2014.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida de Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande) [View Larger Map].

The Desert Harvest is a series of workshops, cooking demonstrations and informational activities about native foods and plants of our area and how to make better use of them.

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The workshop topics will be:

March 6, 3:00-6:00 PM – Wild Winter Edible Greens

April 3, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Cholla Buds with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

May 15, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Nopalitos with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

June 5, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Mesquite Harvesting with Aravaipa Heirlooms’ Jeau Allen

June 19, 4”00 to 7:00 PM – Bean Trees with Barbara Rose.

July 17, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Verdolagas with Sara Jones from Tucson CSA

August 14, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Prickly Pear Fruit with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

November 20, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Annual Mesquite Milling with the Las Milpitas Farm and Barbara Rose.

December 4, , 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Barrel Cactus Fruit with Jill Lorenzini

Download Flyer Desert Harvest Series 2014 

 

Download Desert Harvester Flyer

All workshops are free and open to the public.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP (food stamps), WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, as well as credit and debit cards. 

For more information, contact Nadia Delgado at (520) 882-3304 or visit the Farmers’ Market Page

 

 

Learn more about harvesting & milling mesquite from the Desert Harvesters: http://www.desertharvesters.org/mesquite-in-the-kitchen/harvesting-processing/



Shop Local for the Holidays & Support your Local Non-profit

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The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will host “Shop Local for the Holidays and support your local non-profit” on Thursday December 19, 2013 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida del Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande).

The “Shop Local” event will feature handmade crafts and food samples from Iskashitaa Refugee Network and Ben’s Bells.  Iskashitaa Refugee Network is a grass roots organization that helps rebuild refugee lives through partnerships with volunteers and local organizations. Ben’s Bell’s mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness.

Also available for sale will be locally made tortillas, jams & jellies, mesquite flour, homemade pies, salsas and a large selection of fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP (food stamps), WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, as well as credit and debit cards.

Download flyer and spread the word!

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SIXTH ANNUAL CHICKEN COOP TOUR

CHICKEN COOP TOUR

Ever wondered how best to feed hens nutritious food and keep them cool over long summer months? How do you raise chicks? What do you do when your hens are egg-bound? This is your chance to learn from experienced chicken keepers and have fun too. We will be participating! Las Milpitas will be one of the sites on the Food Conspiracy Co-op chicken coop tour.  Tickets are only $5 and still available. Flyer attached.

Learn More: http://www.foodconspiracy.coop/event/sixth-annual-chicken-coop-tour/

Ticket Sales

You can purchase tickets online below, through the co-op’s website, or at the store. The cost is $5 per ticket, and participants are limited to 300 people.  Please purchase tickets in advance.  Tickets have sold out in previous years.

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Food Day! October 24

FOODDAY

 

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Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food, and a grassroots campaign for better food policies and a stronger, more united food movement.

Let’s aim for a food system that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care. Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food, and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24.

Join Tucson’s Food Day Celebration October 24, 2013 3-6pm at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market. Directions.

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The University of Arizona is holding a Food Day event on October 23rd. There will be food bank representatives there to talk about local anti-hunger initiatives and what work is being done towards building a food secure future. Learn More about UofA Food Day – October 23

 



SNAP CUTS

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Need immediate food assistance or SNAP application assistance?
Contact the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 882-3314

When will I see the drop in benefits? Cuts go into effect on November 1, 2013, so the SNAP benefit amount you receive will be less in November and each month after. This is a permanent benefit cut.   How much will my total benefit cut be? SNAP benefits are based on monthly income and expenses and household size. Your actual benefit cut will vary according to your household, but this chart provides the maximum cut that each household size could experience. Why are my benefits going down? SNAP benefits are being cut because of legislative decisions made by the United States  Congress in 2010. You should be aware that Congress is considering additional cuts to SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. You can help prevent these cuts by calling or emailing your members of Congress. Learn more here: www.feedingamerica.org/SNAPCuts  Where can I get additional support? To find your local food bank and to learn more about the upcoming cut to your SNAP benefits, go to www.feedingamerica.org/SNAPCuts

FOR AGENCIES:

SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English & Spanish) - Feeding America

ARIZONA SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English) - Arizona Association of Food Banks

FOR ADVOCATES:

Become an advocate today: www.communityfoodbank.org/advocate  Stay updated on local hunger issues and grassroots action.

Contact your Representatives directly and ask them to protect nutrition programs.

 

FOR CLIENTS:

Need immediate food assistance or SNAP application assistance?

Contact the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 882-3314

Online Information & Application SNAP (Food Stamps)

ARIZONA SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English) - Arizona Association of Food Banks


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



SEPTEMBER 17th Call In Day – Action Needed

SEPTEMBER  17th         Call In Day – Action Needed

Join Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Feeding America and many other Anti-Hunger organizations and allies in a September 17th National Call In Day to Congress to support and protect SNAP using Feeding America’s toll-free number 866-456-8824.

Next week we expect the House to bring up the “Nutrition Bill,” which would cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next 10 years.  This is on top of the impending benefit reductions that will impact all SNAP participants beginning November 2013.  If passed, the bill would result in about 1.5 billion lost meals for hungry families every year for the next 10 years.  The combined cuts would lead to more lost meals than the entire Feeding America network distributes in a year. While we are grateful the bill also includes additional resources for TEFAP, the increased funding will not come close to helping hungry families replace the meals lost due to the SNAP cuts.  We can’t let that happen.

  • Call our toll-free hotline at 866-456-8824.
  • Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
  • State that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
  • Let them know you are calling about anti-hunger programs and deliver this important message:As your constituent and supporter of my local food bank, I am asking you to vote against the House Farm Bill proposal to cut $40 billion from SNAP.  This bill will be devastating to struggling Americans and the food banks that support them.  I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.  Please oppose this bill.

Help us send a message to Congress by joining our National Call In Day on September 17th to urge the House to vote against this harmful bill.  We hope you’ll join us by calling your Representative and mobilizing your local supporters.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Heath Butrum, Public Policy Strategist hbutrum@communityfoodbank.org (520) 882-3317



FREE Fall Garden Workshops in Green Valley-Sahuarita

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Free Garden Workshops this Summer & Fall being offered by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.Download Flyer

 

All workshops are free, donations are appreciated. Seating is limited so sign up now!
If you have special needs, such as child care or  interpretation we will endeavor to make arrangements with advance notice.

For questions contact contact Linda Strader at the Community Food Bank lstrader@communityfoodbank.org, 784-4669.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR WORKSHOP
 workshops fill up quickly. Please Reserve your spot today.



Audra Christophel To Receive Bill Emerson National Hunger Leadership Award

Audra Christophel, of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Community Food Resource Center will receive the Bill Emerson National Leadership Award: Field Supervisor of the Year for 2013.

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The award will recognize Ms. Christophel’s outstanding work in the anti-hunger and anti-poverty community, her innovative leadership and excellent guidance with Elaine Albertson, a Bill Emerson Hunger Fellow assigned to the Community Food Bank.

Ms. Christophel will be presented the award and recognized for her work at the Emerson National Hunger Fellow’s Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a leadership development program that trains emerging leaders in the fight against hunger in the United States. Bill Emerson Fellows are a living tribute to the late Congressman Bill Emerson, who devoted his energies to assisting the poor.  The Emerson award is a program of the Congressional Hunger Center; a non-profit, bipartisan anti-hunger training organization founded by former Congressman Tony Hall and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

“The Community Food Bank is proud of Audra Christophel’s accomplishments and her national recognition for this Emerson Award,” stated Bill Carnegie, Food Bank President/CEO.  “It is only fitting that her efforts and leadership towards food security are being honored with this award.”



Desert Harvester Workshops at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

2013 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

The 2013 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will kick off on Thursday, April 25, 2013 and run through Thursday, November 21, 2013.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida de Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande) [View Larger Map].

The Desert Harvest is a series of workshops, cooking demonstrations and informational activities about native foods and plants of our area and how to make better use of them.

Market_Saying

The workshop topics will be:

April 25th, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Cholla Buds with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

May 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Nopalitos with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

June 6th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Mesquite Harvesting with Jeau Martin.

June 20th, 4”00 to 7:00 PM – Bean Trees with Barbara Rose.

July 18th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Verdolagas with Nadia Delgado & Patricia Rojas.

August 15th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Prickly Pear Fruit with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

November 21st, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Annual Mesquite Milling with the Las Milpitas Farm and Barbara Rose.


Download Desert Harvest Series 2013 flyer

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All workshops are free and open to the public.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP (food stamps), WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, as well as credit and debit cards. 

For more information, contact Nadia Delgado at (520) 882-3304 or visit the Farmers’ Market Page

The Desert Harvester Series was featured in the Arizona Daily Star!

 

Learn more about harvesting & milling mesquite from the Desert Harvesters: http://www.desertharvesters.org/mesquite-in-the-kitchen/harvesting-processing/



School Garden Tour – April 6

See the amazing work your community is doing locally with school gardens. 

This Saturday, April 6th the UA School Gardening Program is sponsoring a tour of three TUSD school gardens: Borton, Davis, and Manzo!

The tour starts at Borton with free bus transportation to Davis and Manzo.  Contact Darya Anderson for more information  (520) 907-4281.

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