Local Food Hero – Seth Lee

Seth Lee of Turtle Hollow Farm, with his wife Corie, operate a 23-acre family homestead in Milan, TN. Seth was raised in upstate West Virginia; however, in the 8th grade, Seth and his family moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee. The time spent there is what ultimately brought Seth back to Tennessee after many travels.

Seth centers his life around placing his family first interweaving values of respect and the golden rule: treating others as you would like to be treated. These values are easily seen as Seth is an active member of the Milan Mayor’s Health Council/ACHIEVE Team, he serves as the volunteer Milan Farmers Market Manager, sits on the Milan Special School District Farm to School Planning Team and he owns and operates the Milan Martial Arts Academy, on top of running a diversified homestead at Turtle Hollow Farm.

Turtle Hollow Farm is a homestead that was started three years ago by Seth and Corie where they share the extras of the products they grow for themselves. Their ultimate goal and plan for the future of their farm is to educate others on how to be more self-sufficient whether it be through knowledge or providing nutritious food for families through their homestead operation. The farm accepts EBT and SNAP Benefits. Turtle Hollow Farm produces primarily chicken eggs and produce. Corie hatches chickens and turkeys and has developed a mixed breed of her own that are completely free range. They also have special breed turkeys, dairy goats and various produce such as lettuce grown in their greenhouse. Turtle Hollow Farm’s produce is available for purchase at their farm and at the Milan Farmers Market.

“The local food movement is more than important. In my opinion, I think it is essential,” shares Seth. He believes that, “eating locally and seasonally is what’s best for your body.” Not only does Seth support the local food movement through Turtle Hollow Farm, the Milan Farmers Market and Farm to School initiatives, he also encourages healthy habits at the Milan Martial Arts Academy. There are three creeds for Martial Arts students to follow with the most important being ‘I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that will reduce my mental growth or physical health’.

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is proud to call Seth Lee a #LocalFoodHero!

-Amber Graves

LFN Team Blogger