Kickoff meeting for Champions Network

Food Resilience Project

The Food Resilience Project of Feeding Tucson/Sustainable Tucson is developing ways to make Tucson a more connected and resilient community.

Our goal is to help neighbors come together to learn to grow, eat and share local food and our unique desert cuisine while creating supportive communities. And to network these groups to develop ways to enjoy more sustainably grown local food and make our neighborhoods more beautiful in the process.

The initial strategy behind the Food Resilience Project is to find a few people who are willing to gather at least a half dozen neighbors into Neighborhood Resilience Teams, work with them to implement specific food-related activities that they are interested in, and help them work thru all the problems they encounter.

The plan is develop a tool kit of Best Practices to help these teams become more food resilient and cohesive. These best practices would be things like – how to organize a neighborhood garden exchange to share the food people already grow, how to organize regular harvest potlucks to enjoy local, seasonal foods, or how to create and operate a buying co-op for garden supplies.

The Food Resilience Project will establish and support:
• Neighborhood Resilience Teams – Self-organizing groups of neighbors who work together to grow, eat, and share more local food.
• Resilience Champions – Individuals who take on the task of organizing their neighbors into Neighborhood Resilience Teams or help others to do it.
• Resilience Champions Network – Network of Resilience Champions and other groups and individuals who are working together to develop a Resilience Toolkit and other resources to support Neighborhood Resilience Teams and to recruit more Resilience Champions to the cause.
• Resilience Toolkit – A set of Best Practices and other resources to help Resilience Champions organize and operate Neighborhood Resilience Teams.

The Resilience Toolkit will evolve over time. Our initial plan is to work with Resilience Champions to help them with the particular barriers to collaboration they find in their neighborhood. This Basic Toolkit will likely include information on Best Practices related to how to:
• Organize Neighborhood Resilience Teams
• Determine current capacities
• Set up Garden Exchange
• Set up Work Exchange
• Set up Harvest Potlucks
• Participate in Buying Co-op

In addition, we are working on an Online Information Hub that would initially include:
• Calendar <> of events and classes
• List of local food resilience resources

Creating a Secure Food Supply with our rain