The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network (NWTNLFN) is a nonprofit based out of Martin, TN who envisions a sustainable regional food system that utilizes locally grown and produced foods to promote healthy individuals, equitable communities and thriving local economies. Three Bethel University Students were awarded paid internship positions with the NWTNLFN to advance the organization’s mission to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL.
“We are very excited to be able to hire three paid internships who will help advance our mission and programming throughout the Northwest Tennessee Region,” stated Samantha Goyret, LFN Executive Director. “With support from a USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant and the TN Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant they helped fund our organization to make these internships possible.”
Zoe Hogan is serving as a Marketing and Communications Intern to support graphic design and marketing materials. Zoe Hogan originally grew up in Sharon and started going to Bethel University in McKenzie, TN to study for a Bachelors in Art. She enjoys graphic and digital design. She has experience in advertising as she has inherited her mother’s sign, license plate, decal, sticker and t-shirt design business. Her passion for marketing and art lead her to apply for this internship.
Madelyn Miller is serving as a Local Food Procurement Intern who will support the development of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide Magazine and seek to connect farmers with hunger relief organizations. Madelyn Miller is a junior at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN where she will graduate in the Spring of 2024 with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She is a soprano in the Renaissance choir and in the Resound small-group choir. In her free time, she enjoys singing, being crafty, and spending time with her family and pets. After college, she plans on becoming a Children’s Welfare Social Worker.
Josaeliyn Taylor is serving as a Marketing and Communications Intern to create engaging social media posts, e-newsletters and Farm to Early Childcare Parent newsletters. Josaeliyn Taylor is from Jackson, TN attending Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. She is studying Human Services and sings in the Renaissance Choir. She loves taking photos, making TikToks and enjoying time with her friends. She is very outgoing and is looking forward to her new journey with the NWTN Local Food Network.
“These internship opportunities align with Bethel University’s mission to offer an accessible education, whether in person or through technology mediated methods, to the diverse learning community,” stated Timothy Lindsey, Professor of Human Services at Bethel University. “These remote internships are allowing our students to gain real-world experiences while helping to meet the food needs of our communities throughout the region from our campus. We appreciate the LFN’s efforts to strengthen our ties, health, and communities.”
To learn more about the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network’s programming visit nwtnlfn.org.