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Michael Hodgins Oral History Interview

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Interview with Michael Hodgins, Director
Sustainable Foods Systems/Café @ Rio Salado College

Michael Hodgins is the Director of Sustainable Foods Systems at the Café at Rio Salado College. His experience working

Interview with Michael Hodgins, Director
Sustainable Foods Systems/Café @ Rio Salado College

Michael Hodgins is the Director of Sustainable Foods Systems at the Café at Rio Salado College. His experience working within the kitchen at a young age gave him exposure to seasonal and local foods. This experience shaped Michael’s passion toward food as well as his approach to food economies. The primary focus for Michael over the past 10 years has been to connect local farmers to businesses in order to create the infrastructure for a working food economy. Education of the community has also become a priority so the growth of the local economy can continue to grow. Business within the food industry is a large part of the change that Michael focuses on addressing whether it be federal subsidies that prevent smaller business from purchasing local grown food or the competition small farms face from national conglomerates. His perspectives focus on changing how we view all aspects of the food industry.

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  • 2015-08-03

Jayson Matthews Oral History Interview

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Interview with Jayson Matthews, the Director of Ending Hunger for Valley of the Sun United Way

Jayson Matthews is the Director of Enduring Hunger for Valley of the Sun United Way.

Interview with Jayson Matthews, the Director of Ending Hunger for Valley of the Sun United Way

Jayson Matthews is the Director of Enduring Hunger for Valley of the Sun United Way. Growing up in poverty has given Jayson a unique perspective that focuses on less fortunate communities. His emphasis has been giving those who are most financially challenged access to fresh, local food. Coordinating support and funds to end hunger within Maricopa County has been a challenge but it has developed Jayson’s abilities to orient his goals while still being grounded in the community. One of his biggest concerns for this project is food insecurity, or the inability to have access to food. It is message that has been stigmatized that has prevented many from fighting poverty. His organization seeks to remedy this problem through a support network so that those who are struggling have a place to get food. This way these members can make better decisions for themselves and their families.

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  • 2015-07-31

Bob McClendon Oral History Interview

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Interview with Bob McClendon, owner of McClendon Select Farm

Bob McClendon is the owner of McClendon Select Farm. He started engaging with his local food economy through farmer’s markets then later

Interview with Bob McClendon, owner of McClendon Select Farm

Bob McClendon is the owner of McClendon Select Farm. He started engaging with his local food economy through farmer’s markets then later engaged with local chefs. The organic movement that Bob has been a part of has reached not only personal customers but businesses as well. Though he has such as range of customers, Bob continues to be directly involved with the farming process. The true passion that Bob has toward the local food movement drives him to inspire others with his story so that others feel more connected to their food and community.

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  • 2015-08-04

Ashley Schimke Oral History Interview

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Interview with Ashley Schimke, Farm to School Specialist for Arizona Department of Education

Ashley Schimke is the Farm to School Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education. Her experience working in

Interview with Ashley Schimke, Farm to School Specialist for Arizona Department of Education

Ashley Schimke is the Farm to School Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education. Her experience working in the Phoenix community gave her an introduction to the struggles of the less fortunate within the Valley. Working with the Arizona Department of Education Ashley had the opportunity to bridge the gap between the education system and local producers. She seeks to give students the nutrition to focus and learn as well as the education to make healthy choices. Understanding food systems become more of an experience for students, which promotes a continual interest. Her work engages the next generation in an effort to change how they understand their environment and their food.

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  • 2015-08-28

Natalie Morris Oral History Interview

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Interview with Natalie Morris, Adjunct Faculty - Sustainable Food Systems Program, Mesa Community College

Natalie Morris is an instructor at Mesa Community College School of Sustainability and a promoter of Local

Interview with Natalie Morris, Adjunct Faculty - Sustainable Food Systems Program, Mesa Community College

Natalie Morris is an instructor at Mesa Community College School of Sustainability and a promoter of Local First Arizona. She uses her deep love of food that she developed at a young age to develop a career around food systems. Experiences both in culinary school and her travels abroad helped Natalie to develop a passion for local food systems and education. One of her biggest projects to achieve this goal was Truck Farm Arizona, a mobile farm focused on the experience, education, and message of hope to under privileged youth. This project helped to show the next generation the importance and possibilities of growing local produce. Natalie also took her positive attitude to help Good Food Finder, now merging with Local First Arizona, to help connect the community, farmers, and local businesses to create a local food economy that promotes sustainability. Natalie’s focus goes beyond the classroom as she seeks to educate her community, focus on sustainability on a day to day level, and actively seek to grow Arizona’s local food systems.

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  • 2015-09-03