Tommy Bleasdale Ph.D. has published academic papers and popular articles about food justice movements and urban agriculture in Phoenix, Arizona. Working closely with practitioners over the last seven years, he has both observed and taken part in multiple aspects of local food system establishment, from gardening to policy creation.

Dr. Bleasdale is an active participant in many local food movements. He helps shape urban and just community-based food systems using the best information available. By fusing the knowledge of academia with the experience of practitioners he crafts material to meet the needs of a community.

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ACADEMIC WORK: CONTEMPORARY WORK: LIVED EXPERIENCE

During my graduate school experience, I embodied my research as much as possible. I maintained extensive home gardens and estimated that about half of every dinner came out of my backyard. I became a certified permaculturist, and I was well connected with the local food scene including influential participants in Phoenix's urban agriculture movement outside of my study area.

Below is a pdf presentation I created for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) outlining how I became involved with urban agriculture research and what I was studying at that time:

  • Edible Stories: From Desert Foods to Food Deserts[pdf]

    A public presentation of artists, performers, farmers and scholars at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) about local and sustainable food systems in Phoenix, AZ.
    June, 2013.
    Presentation PDF