FAQs

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE MY PROFILE?

Ten minutes is all it takes to complete your profile and showcase your food production and heritage practices.

I’M NOT VERY TECH-SAVVY; CAN I GET HELP BUILDING A PROFILE?

Please, email to: team@frgsw.org. We will send you a short form to fill out. Please, return it to us with one or two photos you might like to include. Once your profile is complete, we will email you a link and ask you to approve your profile before it goes “live.” If you are interested in having your story video-recorded, please let us know and will work to try and schedule a session with one of our student volunteer (Knowledge Seekers), who are trained to produce short video stories for CKP. You are also welcome to create, upload and link your own YouTube video to your profile.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 

Any and all, small to large, independent farmers, ranchers and/or native plant food gatherers, food makers – chefs, artisanal food producers — or food suppliers, based in the Southwest U.S.

WHAT IS THE FEE?

There is no cost to join as a producer or user, now or ever. This open source effort is supported through non-profit and grant funding for the purpose of building food resilience, promoting cultural heritage and strengthening the regional food economy.

WHO WILL SEE MY PROFILE?

Profiles on the CKP are open access and meant to be shared across users and networks to expand direct access between producers, makers and buyers. You can see examples of other profiles here.

IS MY DATA SAFE?

You are not required to enter any personal information beyond your name and the name of your business and the product/s you produce. Additional information, images and videos can be added at the discretion of the Knowledge Keeper. 

Your data is not shared with anyone. Anonymized and aggregated user data is collected by the project team to improve the performance of the platform, to report results to grant agencies, and to expand and support services for KK.

WHO CONTROLS MY PROFILE?

Knowledge Keepers control the submission and final approval of the profile loaded into the platform. Knowledge Keepers may request permission to access and edit their content, as needed to update and refresh it.

HOW WE USE YOUR PROFILE?

As the use of the CKP increases, we envision opportunities to expand the value of the platform through the creation of multiple outlets for the KK profile. One project, already in the pipeline, is a series of e-booklets about the 10 local key ingredients in the Southwest. When submitting their profiles, KK have the option of “opting in” to participate in this and/other projects as a featured KK.

 
After completing your profile and before loading it, please review the options for expanding access to your profile by checking the appropriate boxes at the bottom of the form.

For example:

🗹 I consent to the use of my profile, images and videos in an e-booklet for non-commercial uses and non-commercial resale.

🗹 I consent to have my business featured on a digital visitors map and guide.

🗹 I am not sure whether I want my profile information used in other non-commercial resources of the Creative Knowledge Platform. Please contact me to discuss this matter. 

🗹 I definitely do not want my profile information used in other non-commercial resources of the Creative Knowledge Platform.

The “Farmers, Ranchers, and Gatherers of the Southwest” Project seeks to strengthen the economic sustainability of local food business enterprises of farmers, ranchers, gatherers, and artisanal food makers in southern Arizona by providing no-cost marketing strategies and resources to increase their presence in new and existing markets with an indirect, producer-to-consumer, online marketing platform and mobile application. The project goal is to provide a simple, no-cost indirect pathway for Local Food Producers (LFP) as a means to develop new marketing channels to reach consumers, retailers, institutions, culinary tourists, and restaurants. 

PROJECT CREDITS
Project leader: ITKI Foundation
Main Partners: Pima County, Tucson City of Gastronomy; Tech Gap Solutions LLC
Partners: Visit Tucson, University of Arizona – Center of Food Studies.
Supporters: Mission Garden, Local First Arizona Foundation along with
the support and involvement of a number of Knowledge Keeper;
Advisors, such as Don Guerra with Barrio Bread;
Concept and realization: Pima County, ITKI Foundation;
Communication and graphic project: ITKI Foundation, Tech Gap
Solutions LLC (TRusT™ Team).

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