Economic Development

The Economic Development Committee is focused on growing the economic strength of our local food system through creating new connections between eaters, growers, and restauranteurs. Efforts include increasing participation in Local First Arizona's Good Food Finder, hosting Local Food Week, and sponsoring the Backyard Growers booth at the Flagstaff Community Market. 

  • The Good Food Finder is a statewide directory of local foods. The goal  of the Good Food Finder is to provide a hub where consumers, procurers, farmers, restauranteurs, and other institutions can learn about and connect with Arizona’s local food providers in order to shorten food supply chains, improve access to local, healthy foods, and strengthen community resilience to create a healthier, sustainable food system in Arizona.
  • Local Food Week is a celebration of the bounty of food grown in and around Flagstaff. 
  • The Backyard Growers booth is an opportunity for community members who grow their food to sell it at the Flagstaff Community Market. 
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Resiliency 

The Resiliency Committee coordinates educational opportunities for community members to learn how to grow food responsibly in Flagstaff's challenging climate. Efforts include the Growing Community Summer Workshop Series, Flagstaff Community Seed Swap, Fall Food Workshop Series, and exploratory subcommittees to develop a community greenhouse and a community kitchen.

  • The Growing Community Summer Workshop Series is a partnership between Flagstaff Foodlink, Terra BIRDS, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program. To view a full list of workshops, visit the City of Flagstaff website
  • The Flagstaff Community Seed Swap is a partnership between Flagstaff Foodlink, the Northern Arizona University SSLUG Garden, City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program, and the Grow Flagstaff Seed Library. The Seed Swap takes place in early spring each year and is an opportunity for community members to share their seeds. 
  • The Fall Food Workshop Series is a partnership between Flagstaff Foodlink and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center. Topics include fermentation, canning, and what to do with all of those apples. For more information, visit http://willowbendcenter.org/adult-education/. 
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