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Tucson resident and author Carolyn Niethammer just completed a book about using desert plants in the kitchen. It's called "Cooking the Wild Southwest" and includes tips on incorporating multiple naturally growing species including prickly pears, mesquite and tepary beans.

The Natural, Outdoor and Free Supermarket

Tucsonan tells how to harvest desert plants for use in your kitchen

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year,The Community Gardens of Tucson is an organization that provides residents with a small plot where they can grow a variety of vegetables on a space that's about 3ft wide by 20 ft long. Right now there are more than a dozen participating locations such as churches and synagogues where people are provided access for the gardens.

Growing Movement Flourishes in Southern Arizona

Community Gardens of Tucson is gaining participants who want locally grown food

We visit two food banks in Nogales, Arizona where there is a huge need for these services.

Economic Downturn Creates 'New Poor' in Arizona

Social-service providers see marked increase in numbers seeking help; no relief in sight

AZ Food Prices Higher Than Last Year

High fuel costs affecting commodities and markets

We speak with Bill Carnegie the President & CEO of the Community Food Bank.

Food Bank Honors Gabrielle Giffords

Community organization inaugurates new location, named Gabrille Giffords Family Assistance Center

The Flores Family is being honored by the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Association for their decades of work and support to the Tucson community. They have owned El Charro restaurants in Tucson since 1922.

Owners of Local Eatery Recognized for University Support

UA Hispanic Alumni Cites Dedication to Education

Tony Paniagua interviews Tucson Originals Organization member Jim Murphy and event director Diane Frisch about restaurants that are owned and operated locally and encourage residents to keep supporting their  restaurant businesses. The two guests also mention to come to the Tucson Culinary Festival that will be held on October 27th-30th.

Tucson Originals Preps for Culinary Fest

October event will feature dozens of restaurants, 150 wines

During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. Pima County has received a 16 million dollar grant to fight obesity among the population, but experts say there is still a lot of work to be done.

UA Researchers, Clinicians Fight Childhood Obesity

Efforts underway to diminish costly epidemic that now afflicts 17% of all U.S. children

Web Feature: When the Markous Went Local

One restaurant owner and his family set out to change their lives, and wound up changing their menu

We visit four young farmers who are dedicating their time and talent to their own farming enterprise.

Where Food Comes From

Young professionals seek greener pastures on a farm

In a studio follow related to farming and food about the Sleeping Frog Farms in Cochise County, we talk a couple of Tucson residents who are members of Community Supported Agriculture in Tucson.

Farming by Subscription

Community Supported Agriculture helps growers, consumers alike

Studio interview with Kacey Ernst with the UA College of Public Health regarding the E. coli breakout in Germany and whether something similar could happen here.

Cornering E. Coli

University of Arizona epidemiologist explains why the source of a recent German E. coli outbreak was so difficult to trace

Saving the Past, One Seed At a Time

Tucson's Native Seeds/SEARCH preserves and promotes the desert's native and heirloom species

Afghanistan is a country that frequently shares the rotation in the news cycles of our media. Now, one local family from the embattled country hopes people will take time to appreciate the culinary contributions they bring to the Old Pueblo. Luis CArrion brings us this look at at the Middle Eastern enclave created by a couple dedicated to their culture.

Afghan Cuisine in the Old Pueblo

A local family offers Tucson a taste of embattled Afghanistan's food and culture

Kimberly Craft interviews Linda Berzok about her book, "Storied Dishes," and also speaks to one of the contributing authors, Jashio Pei.

Are We What We Eat?

New collection of essays celebrates the stories families create through food

We visit two food banks in Nogales, Arizona where there is a huge need for these services.

Two Food Banks, One Community

Nogales, Arizona food banks are assisting thousands of people each month.

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