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Natalie Morris on Giving Up Good Food Finder and Her Upcoming Bean Book

Natalie Morris Professor Sustainable Food Systems program at Mesa Community College nataliermorris.com

To those in the local food community, particularly those with an interest in sustainable food, the name Natalie Morris should be a familiar one. The trained chef turned entrepreneur created Good Food Finder, an online directory that identifies and locates local food producers around the state.

Morris started that project in 2011 after receiving a fellowship grant from the University of Arizona's Borderlands Food and Water Security program at the Southwest Center. She spent years gathering information from all over the state and putting it in an easy-to-use online form, but in October of this year made the decision to turn the project over to Local First Arizona.

"I sort of had to admit to myself that I needed to send my kid off to college," Morris says of the decision.