ONLINE Local Food Procurement Discussion

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Procurement Discussion has moved to an ONLINE discussion platform from 9:30 am – 11 am, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This is a FREE event. Access the ZOOM digital video conferencing information on or our facebook event at NWTNLFN.

“Local food procurement,” says Samantha Goyret, Co-Director of the NWTN Local Food Network,” is about how and from whom food is purchased by which offers an opportunity for the public to harness its purchasing power creating a more equitable food system by expanding the farm-to-institutional model which supports small and mid-sized family farmers, food entrepreneurs, and local distributors and processors who have historically been unable to access these large institutional markets.”

Join the NWTNLFN to discuss procurement trends and issues, identify existing and emerging solutions, cultivate relationships with procurement officials, and create pathways for collaboration to innovative local food procurement.

 “I am hopeful that this will be a great opportunity for small-scale growers to gather more knowledge about becoming GAP Certified growers in order to access markets that require the food safety certification,” stated Brenda Williams, Healthy Foods Coordinator, Communities Unlimited.

A line-up of guest speakers include: Brenda Williams, Healthy Foods Coordinator, Communities Unlimited who will review how the GAP certification process works and what farmers/institutions need to know about local food procurement; Ray Tyler, Farmer and Consultant, Rose Creek Farms out of Selmer, TN who will share his farm’s story about becoming GAP certified; Grant Pulse, Marketing Consultant, Tennessee Department of Agriculture who will provide information about the GAP Cost Share Program; Rachel Draper, TN Department of Education who has information about the TN Farm to School needs; with the discussion facilitated by Joey Mehlhorn, Parker Chair of Excellence in Agriculture, The University of Tennessee at Martin, and Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network.

When implemented with equity in mind, healthy food procurement policies adopted by public agencies and institutions can bring economic revitalization, food system, public health, and environmental benefits to communities. In addition to supporting local producers and distributors, these policies meet the growing demand for locally and sustainably produced food  which demonstrates that implementing a local procurement policy is not only possible, but it can have a positive impact for many stakeholders and members of a community. Learn more at or share our facebook event at NWTNLFN.

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Meeting ID: 801 826 3692

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