The UA Center for Regional Food Studies (CRFS) cordially invites you to its Spring 2018 Brown Bag Series. Bring your lunch and come learn about exciting projects happening in the greater Tucson region. Each of the eight talks will take place on the UA campus in Building ENR2, room S223. Please invite your colleagues and friends. We look forward to seeing you!
“The Local Food System as an Economic Engine”
Come learn about how Local First Arizona is leading a statewide initiative to promote and support the interconnected efforts of local producers, restaurants, and consumers such as strategies with The Good Food Finder directory and the Fuerza Local program.
Michael Peel is the Southern Arizona Director for Local First Arizona. Peel is responsible for managing LFA operations, membership, and programs in Southern Arizona. Peel has spent his career developing and facilitating community-based partnerships and collaborations, creating innovative long-lasting programs responsive to community issues lacking needed support, and bringing key partners together to create community and statewide solutions. As Community and Government Relations Liaison at Pima Community College, Peel built partnerships through community outreach, as well as developed legislative advocacy networks to collaborate with elected officials, community agencies, business groups and coalitions. As Development and Jobs Director of Uncommon Good, a grassroots non-profit, Peel led the formation of a regional coalition that secured federal funds of nearly $900,000 for a green jobs program. Peel serves on a variety of boards, including the Tucson City of Gastronomy, the U.S. Green Building Council, Tucson Emerging 2030 District, and Tucson Clean and Beautiful.