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The Earth Harmony Festival features a highly-popular EcoVillage tour, which gives festival goers the opportunity to explore all things sustainable at one of the country's largest EcoVillages. In addition there will be live music, speakers, a fun and educational children's village, and a vendor village. Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage is a 165-acre working organic farm and ranch nestled within the picturesque Santa Cruz River valley. Festival-goers will enjoy nationally-known educational speakers on a variety of sustainability topics including sustainable organic farming, preserving and fostering heritage foods, the importance of food diversity and the "slow food" movement.
Upgrades and improvements to the Marana Water Reclamation Facility made during the past year have resulted in a more efficient collection and treatment system, according to the town of Marana’s utilities director.
Tucson Village Farm, a working urban farm built by and for the youth of the Tucson community, was recognized on Wednesday for its innovative approach to nutrition education and focus on urban youth from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds when National 4-H Council President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo and Arizona 4-H Executives honored the farm with a visit to kick off National Nutrition Month.
Sirangelo recognized the farm as a model program for the nation in helping to educate students about sustainability while also serving as a unique community model for fostering economic development. Tucson Village Farm is a program of the University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“I am thrilled to come to Tucson to recognize the incredible work of all the people that are behind the success of the Tucson Village Farm,” Sirangelo said. “I’m here as part of our commitment to bring attention to the power of 4-H programs, such as the Tucson Village Farm, to change lives. There is an urgent need for all of us to invest in our youth, and the Tucson Village Farm is a phenomenal example of the potential of these investments.”
Sirangelo was joined by representatives from the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and UA Cooperative Extension, including Jeff Silvertooth, associate dean and director of Cooperative Extension and economic development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kirk Astroth, Arizona 4-H youth development director in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Bob Shogren and Erica Schwartzmann of the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.
At the event, kindergarten students went through a series of learning stations about working on the farm, planting, harvesting, whole grain discovery, worm exploration and seed saving.
Tucson high school students trained as “4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors” led the educational program with the kindergarten students and then talked with officials and executives from the governor’s office and 4-H about opportunities for replicating the program in other cities across the country.
A 10-year longitudinal study conducted by Tufts University and released in December shows that the 4-H experience is transformational. The study found that 4-H youth are two times more likely than their peers to make healthy choices and study science.
4-H’ers also are more civically active and understand the value of giving back, with the study finding that young people involved with 4-H are four times more likely to contribute to their communities.
Tucson Village Farm is designed to connect young people to a healthy food system by teaching them to grow and prepare fresh food and empower them to make healthy food choices.
The farm is a seed-to-table program designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food and empower them to make healthy life choices. To date, the farm has served more than 22,300 children and adults from across Tucson and the state of Arizona.
Kindergarten students pulled fresh carrots from the ground at Tucson Village Farm as part of an education program aimed to teach youth about healthy living.
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Along First Avenue, slightly south of Ft. Lowell on the east side of the road, sits a quaint little plaza, filled with shops. One of those shops, Tea and More, belongs to Oro Valley resident Petra Williams.
First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Tucson on Monday as part of a four-state campaign push, stopping first in Colorado Springs earlier to meet with campaign volunteers and deliver remarks at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Warrior Games.
Volunteers from the Tucson Village Farm pose for a picture with First Lady Michelle Obama.
First Lady Michelle Obama spent about 20 minutes talking and meeting with volunteers from the Tucson Village Farm, which is supported by the University of Arizona and Pima County Cooperative Extension.
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with a group of young volunteers from the Tucson Village Farm at Tucson International Airport once she arrived in Tucson Monday.