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GRAHAM COUNTY – The Gila Valley boasts an impressive variety of local agricultural growers and food producers across the region. Obtaining quantitative data, however, on consumer buying patterns, hunger and food access gaps, and marketplace access/interest in healthy produce, heritage foods, and/or locally sourced products is currently unavailable.
To begin to address this lack of data, Local First Arizona has partnered with the NAU W.A. Franke College of Business and Economic Policy Institute and United Way of Graham & Greenlee Counties on a research study that will gather market data on a Food Security study for Graham, Greenlee County, and the San Carlos Apache Nation.
This data will be used to guide the additional phases of this project and will be provided to Food Coalition partners like the Graham and Greenlee County Health Departments, food pantries, Farmer’s Markets, and other food stakeholders in these communities.