- State Program Manager:Shannon Whitewater
For more information on getting involved with FoodCorps in Arizona, please contact Shannon.
Why Serve In Arizona?
Arizona is diverse in both landscape and culture. While many parts of Arizona experience winter snowfall, much of the state stays warm enough to grow crops year-round. Arizona’s warm desert climate is known for citrus, cotton, and lettuce production. Because perennial streams and rivers are rare, farmers and gardeners strive to find sustainable means for food production including water-harvesting and indigenous seed selection.
Arizona is diverse in culture as well. The state is home to 22 sovereign American Indian communities. The history and culture of each tribe shapes the local landscape in distinct ways. Because Arizona was at one point part of Mexico, Southern Arizona is still greatly influenced by Mexican culture. FoodCorps Service members serve in rural and urban communities across the I-10 and I-17 corridor, giving them a unique opportunity to learn the histories and address challenges of local communities. Arizona’s diverse landscape provides service members with a wide range of experiences providing them the space to learn about Native, Mexican and Southwestern food cultures while developing a deeper understanding of how to grow in this unusual climate.