Southwest Black Ranchers

Small Minority Farmers and Ranchers Conference Agenda

"The Future of Food"

April 30th, 2022

Day 1

Thank you to our vendors and speakers for supporting small minority farmers and local food in Arizona!

12 PM Registration & Check in At Cruz Farm
1 PM - 5 PM Presentations from Local First Arizona, Pinnacle Prevention, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Pivot Produce, The Cochise College Small Business Development Center powered by the Small Business Administration, The USDA NRCS National Resources Conservation Services, The USDA Rural Development and
The University of Arizona College of Agriculture Life and Sciences
Cooperative Extension!
Transition to the Hotel Gadsden
Optional Meeting for Farmer Survey
6:30 PM Dinner

-Kimber Lanning

-Somlynn Rorie

Executive Director

-Adrienne Udarby

Director of Partnerships and Community Impact

-Audra Christophel


-Erik Stanford

Director Mark Schmitt 

Speaker –Cecilia V Rivas Schuermann

State Outreach Coordinator and Black Special Emphasis Programs Manager -Paul Cattelino 

Rangeland Management Specialist- Don Decker

Energy Coordinator – Jessie Huff



Extension Entomologist, Regional Specialist, Forage IPM and Programmatic Area Agent, Field crops IPM at The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and Dept. of Entomology -Ayman Mustafa

May 1st, 2022

Day 2

8 AM Meeting with Potlikker Captial at the Gadsden Hotel
Transition back to Cruz Farm
9:30 AM Meeting with SARE on Sustainable Agriculture
10 AM Technical Assistance for the
"Urban to Rural Transition Program"
including but not limited to LLC, DUNS, SAMS,, commercial production and more!
11:30 AM Farm Tour
12 PM Conference Ends

Supporting Farmers of Color 

External Relations  – Juan Escareno

State PDP Coordinator- Randy Norton and Joshua Sherman

Cruz Farm

Thank you for your support Cruz Farm! We are grateful for partners like you who support small farms, growth, food security and local food! 

We are thankful for Cruz Farm hosting the event and please be respectful on his farm at all times. There will be liability waivers upon arrival and registration. 

We are doing our best to accommodate dietary needs and families attending the event. This is going to be a great conference and we are excited for everyone to learn and connect!

Please reserve your room and if you need any assistance please call Rachael Stewart at 619-416-7432 or 520-473-6361


Gadsden Hotel

1046 G Ave Douglas, AZ 85607

(520) 364-4481

(Limited Room Availability) 


Motel 6

111 16th St Douglas, AZ 85607

(520) 364-2457

(Double beds available)


Thank you to the farmers for all of the hard work you do! Farmers are the salt of the earth who steward the land and feed the people.

Thank you to the organizations who support the small minority farmers and local food! These speakers and programs are special and we are proud to connect you with them! This conference is meant to be a comprehensive overview of the food system with several ways to grow. We look forward to meeting you all and cannot wait until Saturday!