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.





There are many great websites and social media resources tracking the latest in food-based social movements and trends in urban and local food systems. Here are some that I visit regularly and follow on social media. If you are interested in your webpage or social media links being added to this page send me an email and provide me links to your pages.

FoodTank - FoodTank is for the 7 billion people who have to eat every day. The organization offers environmentally sustainable ways to alleviate hunger, obesity, and poverty. (@Food_Tank, Facebook Page)

Civil Eats - promoting critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems (@CivilEats, Facebook Page)

Urban AG News - resource for news and information on vertical farming, greenhouse grown vegetables and urban agriculture. (@UrbanAgNews, Facebook Page) - Sustainable city living at your fingertips. (@UrbanFarmMag, Facebook Page)

Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) - Independent. Investigative. Non-profit. (@FERNnews, Facebook Page)

Fair Food Network - dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system. (@FairFoodNetwork, Facebook Page)

Live Content Curated by top Urban Agriculture Influencers: @UrbanAgRRicult

Live Content Curated by top Gardening Influencers: @GardeningRR

Food-based social movement organizations:

Slow Food USA - links the the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture and environment. (@SlowFoodUSA, Facebook Page)

The Permaculture Research Institute - The world's most popular Permaculture portal. (@PRIaustralia, Facebook Page)

Permaculture Institute USA - Free permaculture resources for sustainable living. (@permaculture_US, Facebook Page)

Growing Power - a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. (@GrowingPower, Facebook Page)

Green Guerillas - Nonprofit organization helping hundreds of grassroots groups in New York City to establish and maintain community gardens. (@greenguerillas, Facebook Page)

American Community Garden Association (@ACGA_CommGarden, Facebook Page)

La Via Campesina - International Peasant Movement (@via_campesina)

For those who like something a little more science-based there are some great resources:

The UC Food Observer is your daily serving of must-read news from the world of food, curated by the University of California for consumption by everyone from policy wonks to the public at large. (@ucfoodobserver, Facebook Page)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (@USDA_NIFA, Newsroom: Blogs)

FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, for a world without hunger. (@FAOnews)

Some very popular authors who write about local food issues:

Bill McKibben - author, educator, environmentalist, and Co-founder of; website includes full information on all his books including Oil and Honey, Eaarth, The End of Nature, Deep Economy, Fight Global Warming Now, and a wealth of resources. (@billmckibben, Facebook Page)

Michael Pollan writes about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. (@michaelpollan, Facdebook Page)

Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., is a writer, lecturer and world-renown conservation scientist. (Facebook Page)