Farm to School in Kenya: A Virtual Meet-Up

Travel with us to visit the schools of Narok County, Kenya as the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network staff, Samantha Goyret and Caroline Ideus hosted a FREE Virtual Meet-UP on Friday, March 17, 2023 with the staff of Innov8Africa.

Watch Recorded Meet-up Video Here.

During this virtual meet-up, we explore Farm to School programming through Innov8Africa’s partnership with Narok County Schools, Kenya. We learn about how Innov8Africa integrates an eight sustainable module framework woven throughout their school culture. Innov8Africa staff share stories about feeding school children and their communities with their school-based agriculture and nutrition programs.

UN Sustainability Goals – Innov8Africa uses the United Nation’s Sustainability Goal framework to gauge the impact their programs are having on Kenyan children and their families.

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Innov8Africa’s Mission & Work

For more than a decade, Innov8 Africa has assisted African children in developing “life skills.”  We call our approach “activity-based learning.” When we work with schools and communities to provide clean water, our children form teams using their math and planning skills to develop water conservation programs. Schools learn to grow their own food and sell the excess produce to earn income. We grow, plant and sell trees; while teaching carbon awareness. We assist with poultry farming and beekeeping. We believe that experience is the best teacher. 

Today, we promote education and innovation for more than 10,000 students and our outreach extends to thousands more community members. Since 2010, our organization has developed 8 eco-friendly learning modules to empower students for a future of critical thinking through experience and social enterprise.

Would you like to have a seat at our table? Join us by discussing the following questions:

  1. What similarities do Narok County School children have with children in the States?
  2. What are some differences about children in Narok County Schools and in the USA?
  3. What if our schools in the states did not have a school nutrition program? What would that look like?
  4. After reviewing the United Nation’s Sustainability Goals, which goal is most important to you, and why?
  5. How does culture affect food choice?
  6. How does accessibility of foods affect food choice?
  7. Would you be willing to grow your own food for your family?
  8. How do Farm to School programs benefit their schools and communities?
  9. What are some ideas from Tennessee that can help Innov8Africa’s programming in Narok County Schools, Kenya?
  10. Would you like to visit Kenya? Why or why not?

Feel free to use the comment box below to answer any of the questions above. Thanks for participating and sharing a spot at our virtual table with us!

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Farmers Input Needed: Act NOW!

TN Farmers Act Now. The LFN is seeking Tennessee farmers to take this very important survey by April 15, 2023! This voluntary survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and asks about your general views and input to help develop more Farm to School connections across the State of Tennessee. Those who complete the survey will be entered to win a free Local Food Network t-shirt and a variety of seeds.

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network (LFN) is a nonprofit organization based out of Martin, TN with a mission to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to all in Tennessee. The LFN has been partnering with school districts to develop thriving and equitable Farm to School initiatives in Tennessee Schools.

The LFN researches & develops tailored, economically sustainable solutions for schools, farmers & ranchers to avoid duplication & drive meaningful change. We do this through collaboration, coordination, and increased connections between local food sources and consumers.

Some programs the Local Food Network offers regionally is the creation of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide Magazine, Farm to School programming development and support, Local Food Procurement resources, and marketing of Northwest Tennessee Farmers Markets and their vendors products. Although we are regionally based, our network aims to connect farmers listed on the Pick TN Product website and NWTN Local Food Guide in-print magazine with schools across the state of Tennessee.

Through shared knowledge and collaboration, the LFN will mobilize data and research to increase access to information in ways never before possible in Tennessee agriculture. Findings will be incorporated into the new Tennessee Local Food Procurement Manual and apply for grants to support farmers collaborating with the LFN Farm to School programming in Tennessee.

Take the survey here:

Take the Farm to School Farmers Survey HERE.

Get it Local! Registration opens for Local Food Guide

We invite YOU to fill out our FREE registration form by March 31, 2023 to be included in this year’s Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide Magazine.

Residents throughout the region use the NWTN Local Food Guide Magazine to find family farms, farmers markets, wineries/distilleries, restaurants, food artisans and bakers, farm stores and stands, pumpkin patches, u-pick farms, CSAs, animal products, beekeepers, processors, food trucks, locally owned restaurants, locally owned plant vendors, and food relief organizations. 

Yates Jackson, a winner of the #Grow Food Challenge 2021, was featured on the cover of the 2022 Local Food Guide Magazine.
Do you have an amazing photo? Send it to us – it could be featured, too!

Do you grow food? Do you own a local restaurant or food truck? Do you make artisan foods? Do you have chickens with eggs for sale? Are you a beekeeper? Do you sell plants? Do you raise or process freezer beef/pork? Are you involved in agri-tourism or have a u-pick farm? Does your organization provide food relief? Do you own a local restaurant or cafe? Are you interested in providing fresh local food to our county schools? Would you like to support your local food system? 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then #Get It Local in this year’s NWTN Local Food Network’s Local Food Guide. The guide is a FREE directory of locally produced and distributed foods in Northwest Tennessee. Whether you are a backyard gardener, small-scale or large scale farmer – all are invited to list their products and services by registering for a FREE listing (please note: personal addresses will not show on the listing, but it is needed to mark your business on the regional map).

“We distribute Local Food Guides at conferences and throughout our region and state,” declared Caroline Ideus, Outreach Director of the NWTNLFN, “We want to shine a light on our growing local food movement in West Tennessee. “

The registration listings are free due to the printing support from Ad Sales. 100% of Ad Sales cover the cost of printing with no administrative charges. For more information or to purchase an advertisement, please message/call Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the NWTN Local Food Network at (731) 332-9071  or email

“The LFN is working with farmers listed in the guide to establish and expand farm to school programs increasing locally grown food in schools for our children to enjoy a fresh healthy meal straight from the source,” stated Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network. “Additionally, we are seeking to list more locally owned restaurants and hunger-relief organizations in this year’s Local Food Guide Magazine. It’s free to register.” 

Register for your free listing today!

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a local nonprofit organization based out of Martin, TN serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. This year’s 2023 NWTN Local Food Guide will be distributed throughout the 9-county region of Northwest Tennessee in late Spring. Registration is due by March 31, 2023.