Call for Submissions

March 24, 2022


Call for submissions opens April 1, 2022 with rolling deadline

Final submission deadline: November 1, 2023


Share your visions for the future of food and farming in southern Arizona!


For the 2022-23 iteration of the State of the Tucson’s Food Systems Report, the UA Center for Regional Food Studies (CRFS) is curating a multimedia storytelling project to explore visions for a more sustainable, just, and vibrant food system in southern Arizona. We invite you to submit your stories and vision.

Questions we are exploring for this project include: What are your visions for the future of food and farming in southern Arizona? How do food traditions, heritage, and family stories shape your ideas for the future of food in this region? In the context of global climate change, urban development, and struggles for food sovereignty, how do food stories and practices provide hope and direction for the future? How can we build community and coalitions for change to work together towards more just futures? What role should food play in the economic development of our region?

Submissions will be collected and curated into a public storytelling project that explores visions for the future of food and farming in southern Arizona. Accepted submissions will be shared first online through the CRFS blog, then later in print and in the form of a podcast as part of the 2022-2023 State of the Tucson Food System Report to be released in December of 2023.

This storytelling project will also inform our approach to a teach-in (combining workshops, skill-sharing, and community conversations) and participatory action research about these topics in 2022-23. 

Topics of engagement and storytelling might include (but are not limited to):

  • Food heritage and how to keep it alive
  • Climate change and climate adaptation
  • Food and economic development
  • Food justice and food sovereignty
  • Just livelihoods for food system workers
  • Youth and food
  • Building community through food and farming
  • Visions for technology, development, research, and/or collaboration
  • The right to food and/or the right to farm


Who can submit a story or vision?

  • Anyone can submit a story or vision regardless of their gender, age, profession, citizenship status, etc.
  • Submissions can be from individuals or groups


Submission Format:

We invite you to share your visions about any of these topics as they relate to your community and/or the food-related work you do in southern Arizona. Submissions can be in any of the following formats:

  • a short story, essay or statement describing your vision (maximum 500 words)
  • audio recordings describing your vision (maximum 3.5 minutes)
  • brief interviews (these can be completed upon request by CRFS staff)
  • visual art (photography, drawings, paintings, etc.)

Please include your full name(s), contact information, and brief biography (50-100 words) with your submission.


Note: CRFS staff can assist with the recording of your submission if needed. We are also happy to collect your contribution through an interview. Please reach out to us to discuss how we can help.

Those with accepted submissions will be provided a modest honorarium and invited to participate in a community celebration of the complete project in December 2023.


Submissions will be accepted on a rolling deadline.

Final submission deadline: November 1, 2023


Email expressions of interest or submissions to CRFS assistant director, Laurel Bellante:

For questions, concerns, or to learn more about the project, please contact CRFS director, Megan Carney, at


Southwest Folklife Alliance is a community supporter of this project.