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ll 17 Compost Cats are OSHA-Certified equipment operators. Clarisa Avalos says, “I’m having fun!” as she maneuvers the skip loader to turn a pile of wet compost.

Feeding Our Future: Turning Garbage into Gardens

How a group of UA undergraduates are saving the environment.

There are 400 wild, edible native foods in the Sonoran Desert. This food mandala is made from mesquite, ironwood, cholla cactus buds and cactus seeds.

Feeding Our Future: Harvesting the Desert

The answer to future food shortages may be right outside our doors.

Feeding Our Future: Shortening the Line

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is trying new strategies to solve the root causes of hunger.

Samantha Felix and Jesse Pablo run TOCA's Project Oidag, which means "garden." Click to listen to them describe their work teaching youth about traditional foods.

Feeding Our Future: Putting Native Foods Back on the Plate

Why did the Tohono O'odham stop eating and growing their Native foods?

Chef Cecy Arosemena (left) and Marisol Flores-Aguirre, director of the Women's Business Center of Southern Arizona. The WBC is housed at the YWCA and serves more than a thousand clients a year -- the majority are food entrepreneurs.

Feeding Our Future: Incubating Food Start-Ups in the City of Gastronomy

Independently owned food businesses are the largest-growing sector in Tucson’s economy, but launching a successful food business takes more than just a good recipe.

Downtown Rebound: A Tale of Two Tucson Businesses

Part 5: As downtown rediscovers its place, some businesses move in, others depart.

Grocery Prices Fall 4% in Second Quarter in Arizona

Cheaper prices in the dairy section lead the decrease, with eggs, some meat nlower, too.

Pie Party Celebrates Tucson's Sweet Side

Also on Arizona Spotlight: A wrap on the 2017 State Budget; a doctor from Pakistan makes a difference in Marana; new book details UA role in space exploration.

Golden Eagle Distributors Sold to Phoenix-Based Company

Tucson beverage distributor will be part of state's largest distributor, Hensley Beverage Co.

Startups Are About More Than Latest Tech

While tech companies are synonymous with startup scene, other businesses involved, too.

Heriloom turkey varieties.

Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Up 3.5 Percent in Arizona

Turkey prices are down, but all the trimmings are adding up.

Can Landmark Tucson Eatery Reopen in Better Times?

La Fuente resisted closure, but eventually couldn't survive; owner still has hopes for it.

Grocery Prices Rise 6% in Three Months in Arizona

Much of the increase can be traced to the cost of beef

Residents in Ajo are making an effort to increase the amount of healthy foods in their community and encourage more exercise by getting people to participate in gardening projects throughout the town.

Community Food Bank Expands in Southeastern Arizona

Facility in Willcox provides additional cooling and warehouse space.

Arizona Spotlight for June 26, 2015

Eating "Unprocesssed" for a full year; National Independents Week stresses importance of buying local; Chris Dashiell reviews "Desert Bloom" from 1986; and foibles of would-be Arizona outlaws Cyclone Bill & Climax Jim.

Tech Contributes to Growth of Arizona Produce Imports

Keeping product fresh longer and speeding up wait times at border are key, industry workers say.

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