Renowned local chef Janos Wilder has been emphasizing the use of local ingredients since the '80's. After locating in Tucson he realized the local gardens yielded chilies, beans, squash, cilantro and more chilies and beans. Resolving this culinary conundrum was the key to success that has propelled Janos to national prominence as a trendsetter and originator in Southwest Cuisine.
Westwind Seeds & Gardenscapes was created by Reggie Smith in 1980 with the goal of finding heirloom and open pollinated seeds that would perform well in the hot and dry climate of Southern Arizona. She is a local treasure!
Robert is V.P. of the Community Food Resource Center at Tucson Community Food Bank. He has a vision for ending hunger in Tucson. He's also a very talented musician and performs traditional Andean songs with his group, Entre Peruanos.
Katie Martinez, age 15, currently attends Pima Community College to get her basic courses for a Bachelors degree in biological science. She plans on continuing her education at the University of Arizona. Since 2007, Katie has worked as a student intern at UA's Office of Arid Lands Studies. She was first discovered as a youth visionary and food activist while attending environmental education programs with Ironwood Tree Experience in Tucson, AZ. In her internship, Katie learned basic Geographic Information System (GIS) and online mapping skills. Through mapping, Katie was able to visualize some of the main paths that food travels along on its journey to our dinner tables. Her main interest is in the food we eat, where it comes from and how it was processed. Katie believes that all youth should be able to help choose what they eat in school and at home. Katie is a member of the Tucson Youth Commission and is fully invested in a mission of giving youth a voice on the choices that affect them.