October 24th is the 2nd annual Food Day in the US.  It’s a nationwide celebration and movement towards more healthy, affordable and sustainable food. We’ve been collaboratively planning a “Phoenix Real Food Tour” with Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the The Orchard Community Learning Center garden, Tiger Mountain Foundation, Central Farmers’ Market, and the Arizona Department of Education.  Our main focus this year is promoting community and school gardens and farmers markets. 

Wednesday’s tour includes a visit to the Orchard Community Learning Center garden adjacent to Valley View Elementary School of the Roosevelt School District, a community garden tour at the Tiger Mountain Foundations’ Garden of Tomorrow, and amazing local food activities at the Central Farmers’ Market.

You can see the information that we’ve posted on the AZ Food Day Website. Join us and the other amazing Food Day activities happening throughout Arizona on Wednesday.  By the way, if you’re interested in how your school can get involved with a community garden, our Environmental Health team has written some guidance to help schools develop their own educational school garden while following food safety principles.