Seed to Table - Root Vegetables
Jun
27
5:00 pm17:00

Seed to Table - Root Vegetables

  • Coconino County Cooperative Extension

Join Coconino County Cooperative Extension every other Tuesday from 5-7 pm at the Bus Stop Garden for interactive learning opportunities focusing on vegetable preparation, food preservation, nutrition education, high elevation gardening, and other various garden tips. Family-friendly food demonstrations with FREE food are included at each workshop.

This week’s workshop will focus on Root Vegetables. Did you know that growing root vegetables require a lot of water? The City of Flagstaff Water Conservation Program will be joining us for a rainwater harvesting demonstration and will be giving away FREE water totes! This and other root vegetable gardening tips will be provided.


Demonstrations on knife skills to prepare root vegetables and how to best store root vegetables will also be included. Food demonstrations and recipes will include root vegetables in a variety of dishes and meals for enjoyment all-year round!


If you are interested in a FREE water tote, please RSVP to emelhorn@email.arizona.edu. There are a limited supply. Dimensions of the free water tote are 40 inches x 48 inches, with 47 inch height. A small truck or trailer is recommended for pickup at the workshop. Other arrangements can be made with advanced notice.

Under Contract Film
Jul
23
6:30 pm18:30

Under Contract Film

  • The Orpheum


For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers from across the American South and Southern India tell their stories and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer.

$1 of each ticket sold goes to support Flagstaff Foodlink.

Jul
25
8:00 am08:00

Regional Food Producers Forum

  • Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus

Join Local First Arizona for discussions in best practices, workshops in sales and marketing, and collaborating to localize our food system. Free of cost. Contact kate@localfirstaz.com to register. 

8th Annual Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection
Sep
11
11:00 am11:00

8th Annual Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection

  • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

The Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection is the state's only event of its kind. It is a one-stop shop for wholesale food buyers to find new local sources. 

The industry-focused event is aimed at building wholesale food networks at the local level. The cornerstone of the event is the Suppliers’ Marketplace, a vendor fair exclusively featuring Arizona food producers and distributors. Buyers meet local purveyors of quality dairy, meats, produce, baked goods and other value-added products, and much more! Complementing the event is an end of day reception featuring Arizona food, beer, wine, and spirits.

Who should attend:

- Arizona Farmers and Food Producers prepared to transact at a wholesale level
- Chefs, Restaurant Owners and Management
- Hotels and Catering Businesses
- Hospitals, Senior and Human Service Institutions, Health and Wellness Centers
- Education and Government Food Service Procurement
- Any entrepreneur, food service professional, or member of the public that is dedicated to building a better community, environment and economy through local food supply chains

For more information, please visit localfirstazfoundation.org/azfarmerchef


Sustainable Film
Jun
25
6:30 pm18:30

Sustainable Film

  • The Orpheum

$1 of each ticket sold goes to support Flagstaff Foodlink.

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping
May
20
May 21

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

Thinking about starting your own beehive, but don’t know where to begin? This two-day workshop will show you how to get started as a successful beekeeper, here in Flagstaff, and beyond.

Topics covered include:
• Essential tools and equipment
• Where to get the bees
• Biology and ecology of honeybees and flowering plants
• Best beekeeping practices

Cost: $150.00 (partial scholarships available)

Space is limited to 15 participants. Please RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V56YWLT. On day two, we will do some hands-on work with local honeybee colonies.

For more information, contact Patrick Pynes at honeybeeteacher@gmail.com or (928) 600-1193.

Co-sponsored by Honeybeeteacher LLC and City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program.

May
20
10:00 am10:00

Deepening our Connection to Bees

  • Pine Forest School

Learn about the ancient practice of Apiculturism, the study of the life of bees, from world-renownd Biodynamic Apiculturist Michael Thiele of Gaia Bees. $10 Suggested Donation. Lunch will be provided by Deena Tatro. She will make a delicious veggie enchilada and lavendar lemonade for $7. Child care and a children's program will be provided. Please RSVP by May 17th to Kate Mereck at (928) 773-8996 or by email at kate.mereck@pineforestschool.org

Arizona Food & Farm Finance Forum
May
18
May 19

Arizona Food & Farm Finance Forum

  • University of Arizona, Institute of the Environment

The Food & Farm Finance Forum, presented by Good Food Finder AZ and Local First Arizona Foundation, is an annual opportunity for those involved in and contributing to Arizona’s local food system to gather, network, learn, and develop new skill sets.

The forum features nationally-acclaimed speakers with experience in farming, food system development, local food marketing and building local and living economies, and bridges the gap between farmers, local food entrepreneurs and access to capital. It brings together food producers, food system advocates, and funders to grow the capacity of Arizona food producers and entrepreneurs, forge alliances and partnerships that build collaboration around healthy local food systems, and cultivate healthy eating habits that demonstrate the connection between food, health, community and the environment.

More details about this year's Food & Farm Finance Forum can be found at localfirstazfoundation.org/azfoodforum

This event is made possible through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Garden Ninja Tour
May
13
9:00 am09:00

Garden Ninja Tour

Do you feel like you're battling the elements when gardening in Flagstaff? Join Flagstaff Foodlink on a Garden Ninja Tour and discover the practical and innovative methods community members developed for successful food production and preservation. 

9 - 11 a.m. Flagstaff EcoRanch - With a focus on education, water conservation, and community, Flagstaff EcoRanch is experimenting in sustainable living and gardening. Join founder Jeff Meilander for a farm tour and learn about growing under hoop houses, new water conservation techniques, and preserving food in a root cellar. Please park and carpool from the parking lot at the bottom of Snowbowl Road. Carpools running at 9 am and 10 am to Ecoranch.

Noon - 1 p.m. Forestdale Farm (455 Beech Dr.) - Tour Forestdale Farm's growing operation and see the innovative containers and systems in place that have led owners and Farm Stewards Rylan and Jamie to run a successful CSA and make value-added home- and health-care products. There will be plants, starts, and Farmacy products available for sale.

2 - 4 p.m. Elden Trails Bed and Breakfast (6073 N. Snowflake Dr.) - Join community leader and bed-and-breakfast owner Marnie Vail on a tour of her small, highly-efficient residential lot that maximizes 4-season growing. You'll see multiple rain water collection systems including 3 cattle tanks and 3 smaller tanks, efficient watering in 2 wicking garden beds, and 1 greenhouse. Take a peek in the carport and learn successful food storage and preserving options. (Additional directions: North on 89 past mall; turn left after light at Smokerise onto Winter (can only turn left); 2 blocks turn right onto Snowflake Drive; we are halfway up hill on left (you will see Elden Trails B&B sign).)

Apr
24
7:00 pm19:00

A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction

  • NAU Ardrey Auditorium

Philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore and concert pianist Rachelle McCabe give their voice to grief and fierce hope in this spoken word and musical performance on climate change and mass extinction.

A duet of words and music featuring Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme from Corelli

FREE: Tickets available at the Central Ticketing Office and at the door.

Parking in lot P13 behind the library. For complimentary permit go to: nau.edu/parking-shuttle-services/manage-my-parking/

Free Backyard Chicken Keeping Workshop
Apr
22
1:00 pm13:00

Free Backyard Chicken Keeping Workshop

  • Coconino County Courthouse

Are you curious about how chickens can provide you with fresh eggs, fertilizer, and pest control? In this free one hour workshop, Rylan Morton-Starner from Forestdale Farm will teach you the basics of backyard chicken keeping including breeds and behavior, feeding and housing, and more.

Free Backyard Goat Keeping Workshop
Apr
22
12:00 pm12:00

Free Backyard Goat Keeping Workshop

  • Coconino County Courthouse

Join Shaina Hatcher in this backyard goat keeping workshop that is designed to teach you how to keep happy and healthy goats. We will cover the basics of feeding, shelter, health issues and more to consider before you add goats to your home. 

This workshop is part of the City of Flagstaff Earth Day 2017 Celebration in Heritage Square.

Free Honeybee Workshop
Apr
22
11:00 am11:00

Free Honeybee Workshop

  • Coconino County Courthouse

Writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley argued that "man is a multiple amphibian." In other words, human nature is multifaceted.

Flagstaff beekeeper Patrick Pynes thinks about honeybees as being similarly multifaceted. In this informal talk, Pynes will discuss and tell stories about honeybees as superorganisms (insects); as semi-domesticated animals (mammals); and as flowering plants, in close relationship with beekeepers and other human beings.

This workshop is part of the City of Flagstaff Earth Day 2017 Celebration.

Agriculture to Appetites
Apr
18
6:30 pm18:30

Agriculture to Appetites

  • Ashurst Auditorium

Northern Arizona has a rich agricultural history, but producing and selling crops, livestock, and other agricultural products in the region remains challenging. Resources such as water are scarce in many places, regulations prohibit some kinds of innovative stewardship, and marketing efforts to connect producers to consumers sometimes fall short. Growing our regional food system would be good for farmers, ranchers, and consumers, for community health, local economies, and the preservation of open space—but how do we get there?

To answer that question, a coalition of organizations are hosting “Agriculture to Appetites: Strengthening Food Connections in a Changing Arizona.” This three-part series of presentations and discussions will provide a forum for exploring local and regional food systems. It will explore problems and solutions and link growers to consumers. These events are designed as a community roundtable for producers and eaters.

Sponsoring organizations include:
Citizens' Climate Lobby
Coconino County Cooperative Extension
Diablo Trust
NAU Carbon Pricing Alliance
NAU Climate Science & Solutions program
NAU Sustainable Communities program
Tolani Lake Enterprises
Yavapai College
Verde Valley Agriculture Coalition
Verde Valley School

Spring into Seed Starting
Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

Spring into Seed Starting

  • 2304 North 3rd Street Flagstaff, AZ, 86004 United States

Come for a free talk on seed starting. There will be hands-on learning opportunities plus an introduction to the seed library and how to use it. Bring your questions and enthusiasm for gardening!

Make Agriculture Great for the First Time
Apr
11
4:00 pm16:00

Make Agriculture Great for the First Time

  • Northern Arizona University



As part of our Why Science Matters seminar series, Dr. Tim Crews of the Land Institute, will present "Make Agriculture Great for the First Time."  Refreshments will be provided! In the age of “alternative facts,” it’s more important than ever for scientists to communicate the relevance of their work. Co-Sponsored by the Landscape Conservation Initiative, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, and the Sustainable Communites Program.

Flagstaff Community Film Night Featuring: SEED
Apr
10
5:30 pm17:30

Flagstaff Community Film Night Featuring: SEED

  • Orpheum Theater

In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.


This exciting evening will also include a feature short film produced by STAR School elementary students, tabling by local food organizations and student groups, and an amazing group of panelists. Panelists will discuss how seed saving, biopiracy, and GMOs affect our local community. Doors open at 5:30 with programming beginning at 6:15.
Tickets must be purchase in advance to guarantee your seat!
$1 for each ticket will be donated to the local non-profit organization Flagstaff Foodlink:

www.flagstafffoodlink.com

SEED comes from the filmmakers behind Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? and the Real Dirt on Farmer John. The film features Dr. Jane Goodall, Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, and Andrew Kimbrell.

Sponsors of the event include:

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff Foodlink
Grand Canyon Trust
Museum of Northern Arizona

Introduction to Fermentation
Apr
8
9:00 am09:00

Introduction to Fermentation

  • Willow Bend Environmental Education Center

Ecologist Mike Dechter is back to cover the basics of fermentation in a fun and tasty workshop!  Come learn about, ask questions, taste, and make vegetable and honey ferments, sauerkraut, Tepache, and more.

Last Introduction to Fermentation workshop filled up fast!  To secure your spot please sign-up in advance.

Apr
6
Apr 8

DINÉ BICH’IYĄ SUMMIT (NAVAJO FOOD SOVEREIGNTY SUMMIT)

  • Dine College

"Our Food: Believing, Growing, Teaching, Sufficient.”

 

Sponsored by Navajo Nation Vice President, Tolani Lake Enterprises Inc., ITEP, Diné Food Sovereignty Alliance, LCRWCA, COPE, and other food stakeholders. 

For information, contact Bill Edwards, Community Liaison Officer at Tolani Lake Enterprises, Inc., at billbee4@hopitelecom.net or by calling his office at (928) 686-6106

Agriculture to Appetites
Mar
28
6:30 pm18:30

Agriculture to Appetites

  • Hogan Restaurant

Northern Arizona has a rich agricultural history, but producing and selling crops, livestock, and other agricultural products in the region remains challenging. Resources are scarce in many places, regulations prohibit some kinds of innovative stewardship, and marketing efforts to connect producers to consumers sometimes fall short. Growing our regional food system would be good for farmers, ranchers, and consumers, for community health, local economies, and the preservation of open space -- but how do we get there?

To answer that question, a coalition of organizations are hosting "Agriculture to Appetites: Strengthening Food Connections in a Changing Arizona." This three-part series of of presentations and discussions will provide a forum for exploring local and regional food systems. It will explore problems and solutions and link growers to consumers. These events are designed as a community roundtable for producers and eaters.

5:30-7:30 Mountain Standard Time

Sponsoring organizations include:
Citizens' Climate Lobby
Coconino County Cooperative Extension
Diablo Trust
NAU Carbon Pricing Alliance
NAU Climate Science and Solutions Program
NAU Sustainable Communities Program
Tolani Lake Enterprises
Yavapai College
Verde Valley Agriculture Coalition
Verde Valley School

Pruning Workshop
Mar
25
10:00 am10:00

Pruning Workshop

  • Willow Bend Environmental Education Center

pring is almost here! 

Come learn the fundamentals of tree and shrub pruning through theoretical and hands-on demonstration. Practice assessing individual trees and bushes, determining where to cut, and how to make cuts without injuring the plant. Get the very best out of your roses, fruit, and young trees. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring gloves and hand pruners if you have them. We will provide you with some if you don't.

Workshop is led by Christi Sorrell, Director of Horticulture at the Arboretum at Flagstaff. 

Cost is $10/general public, $5/student, or FREE to Willow Bend and Arboretum members. Event is open to the community but recommended for kids age 10+. 

Flagstaff Community Seed Swap
Mar
24
4:00 pm16:00

Flagstaff Community Seed Swap

  • Coconino County Cooperative Extension Office

Join Flagstaff Foodlink, Northern Arizona University SSLUG Garden, Coconino County Cooperative Extension, and Grow Flagstaff Seed Library for a community seed swap at the Coconino County Cooperative Extension office.

Seeds are a great way to share our local food heritage.

How to participate:
- Bring seeds if you have them (veggies, herbs, flowers, Arizona natives)
- Provide information on seed variety, year collected, location grown, tips from your personal experience.
- Bring envelopes in which to package seeds to take home and a pen to label your seeds.

New to gardening? No seeds to exchange? No problem. Everyone will leave with new seeds in their pocket.

After swapping seeds at the seed exchange, you can visit and signup for the Grow Flagstaff Seed Library located at the extension office.