“Bringing the Farm to School” Producer and School Nutrition Gathering

Join us on Friday, July 28, 2023, 8:30am -2:30pm at Cowen Blackberry Pond Farm Special Event Barn on 17 Skyler Lane, Bradford, TN 38316 for a day filled with farm-to-school education and fun!

This in-person event will bring together farmers, school nutrition staff, coordinated school health advocates, and community members to learn about the benefits of bringing fresh, local produce into school meals. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with local farmers, participate in hands-on workshops, work with Chef Cale Meador from the Four Seasons out of Atlanta, GA, and enjoy delicious farm-fresh food.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with your community and learn about the importance of supporting local agriculture. Register today!

Who is invited?

We are seeking farmers interested in selling their products to schools along with District School Nutrition Directors and 1 School Cafeteria Manager from each school working in Northwest Tennessee are encouraged to attend. We are also extending the invitation to Coordinated School Health Directors and Community Advocates to join the fun!

8:30 – 2:30pm – NWTN School Nutrition Staff

12 – 2:30pm – Farmers

Training Goals:

  1. To connect school nutrition directors with agricultural producers through training and tools to build capacity through the “Bringing the Farm to School” training.
  2. Plan Local Food Taste Tests for the upcoming school year.
  3. Connect local products to schools and how to prepare them.
  4. Increase the sales to schools for farmers while expanding farm to school local food taste test activities for students in schools and communities across the Northwest Tennessee Region.

Activities Include:

  • Northwest Tennessee School Nutrition Directors, Cafeteria Managers and Advocates to train with Four Seasons Chef, Cale Meador. (9:30 – 11:45am)
  • Local Food Taste test training and sampling for all attendees 12 – 1pm
  • Networking with farmers and school nutrition staff (12 – 2:30pm)
  • “Bringing the Farm to School” training overview and resources for farmers & school nutrition staff (1 – 2:30pm)

REGISTRATION IS FREE.

SEATING IS LIMITED.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT AT THE TABLE TODAY!

More about “Bringing the Farm to School Training”

The goal of the “Bringing the Farm to School” program is to provide agricultural producers training and tools to build capacity to launch or grow efforts to market to schools. The training will last from 8:30 – 2:30 pm with a complimentary Local Food Taste Test Menu Lunch.

More about Chef Cale Meador

While catering to NBA teams, such as the Memphis grizzlies, Chef Cale began to understand the importance of accessing all-inclusive nutrition, from the picky eaters, to differences in taste and serving the best food to fuel these athletes.

Spending his summers on the family farm in Gleason, Tennessee and growing up in his Nana’s kitchen, taught him the most about putting care and love into the food one creates.

Chef Cale comes to us from the Four Seasons out of Atlanta, GA. He is excited to be a part this opportunity to teach others how to cultivate a thriving farm to school to plate initiative to benefit the children eating in Northwest Tennessee public schools.

Resources to be provided to participants:

Bringing the Farm to School Producer Training Manual

Local Food Procurement Resources

New School Cuisine: Nutritious seasonal recipes for school cooks by school cooks

This Training is paid for through a USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant and funding provided by the National Farm to School Network.

Win a Chest Freezer with Local Beef

On 10am Saturday, July 1st at the Martin Farmers Market, the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network will announce the #GrowFoodChallenge HARVEST grand prize winner both in person and through their live Facebook feed @NWTNLFN.

The #GrowFoodChallenge is a call to action for individuals, families, schools, early childcare centers, & community groups in Northwest Tennessee to grow food & build soil.

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is encouraging ALL residents living in Northwest Tennessee to join this year’s #GrowFoodChallenge now through June 29th. Participants must try to grow their own food (whether in the ground or in a pot), and show ways how they are reducing food waste (composting or other means). 

Participants must be residents residing in the following Northwest Tennessee counties: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, & Weakley Counties. One photo entry per household per challenge theme is allowed. The Photo themes are START. GROW. HARVEST. 

HARVEST photo entries must be submitted by Thursday, June 29th by midnight to be eligible to win the grand prize – a Rural King chest freezer and quarter processed beef from NB Beef Company! Photo entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm by  6/29/23  at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFC_Harvest23  

“We are excited to see how many people are engaging in our local food system by growing their own food and composting,” stated Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the NWTN Local Food Network. “We would like to connect local food sources to all, especially our most vulnerable populations. We will be announcing our new Food Relief Guide at the Martin Farmers Market on Saturday, July 1st.”

The Martin Farmers Market will be open on Saturday, July 1st from 8am – 12pm. The special event will feature live music from Alex Sadler from 9-11, a “People’s Choice” Farmers Market Vendor Table Decoration contest, a children’s independence day activity, and a variety of vendors selling locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, baked goods, jams, honey, and more! 

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network serves as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. Learn more at nwtnlfn.org/grow-food-challenge.

The Grow Food Challenge is a collaborative project organized by the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network with support from Regional Seed Hub Distribution Partners, the Martin Farmers Market and the Tennessee Environmental Council’s #ComePostYourCompost Program. 

The #GrowFoodChallenge is paid for through a #SeedMoney Grant with the following generous seed donors; Society of St. Andrews, Sow True Seed, Ferry Morse Company, Cooperative Gardens Commission; and the following prize donors: Discovery Park of America, Greenway Nursery, Tractor Supply Company, Walmart, Bamboozle, the TN Environmental Council, Rural King and NB Beef Company.

Fork Farms Virtual Training

This summer, the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network (LFN) has partnered with Flex Farms to offer an online virtual training for one hour on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 9am (Central).

Watch this 1-hour virtual training here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfurJW2UtA0

Additional Resources Shared:

Guest speaker, Kit Collins from Fork Farms offers the following:

1) An overview of Flex Farm resources – curriculum, videos, and more through their learning portal

2) Best practices – cleaning, maintenance, how to get funding

3) How to get the most use out of your flex farm during the school year

4) Ideas to utilize the Flex Farms to integrate Agriculture and Nutrition education in the classroom and cafeteria – what are others doing? How are you using your harvest in the cafeteria, classroom, taste tests, etc…

5) Photo journal 📓 keeping track of progress, results, and sharing your story (we want to feature Farm to School partners in our next NWTN Local Food Guide. 

The LFN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible by all in Northwest Tennessee. We have been partnering with Tennessee school districts to strengthen their farm to school programs.

InClassroom Resources

What do Plants Need to Survive, “Learn, Grow, Eat and Go” — Season 1, Episode 1

Above is a 28-minute long video; however, to learn about “What do Plants Need to Survive” take a moment with your students to watch minute 1:22-3:05.

Create a School Garden Planting Calendar:  Creating a calendar to help us remember to take care of plant needs is a good idea. Which  happens most often on your garden calendar – watering, weeding or feeding?

Jr. Master Gardener Program => Grow. Eat. Go. Student Gardening Journal with Bonus Pages (including taste tests)

Download Weekly/Daily Hydroponics Educational Systems Chart

Indoor Seed Germinating Activity => Rockwool vs. Cotton Balls? – a seed germination experiment

Rockwool has to be ordered and if you don’t have any for your hydroponic systems, you can use the alternative – cotton! Cotton is a commodity crop in Tennessee and is easily attainable. Make sure to get 100% cotton for this experiment.

Taste Test Guide (cabbage, kale, swiss chard, mixed greens): This Taste Test Guide has the information, curriculum, and recipes needed for schools and cafeterias to implement Harvest of the Month taste tests.

Download our FREE Taste of TN Harvest of the Month Posters – Download our Free Printable and Shareable Posters for your Classroom or Cafeteria – designed with love from Tennessee students.

Our top Hydroponic Curriculum Picks

Junior Master Gardeners Program: There are a great list of resources, free printables, activities, questions and more.

We LOVE KidsGardening.Org. The Kids Garden Community is a free online community supporting individuals, families, and organizations with the skills, tools, and connections to gardening with kids and scale transformative programs. Sign-up for FREE and ask questions, get answers and resources.

Hydroponics – Plant Science, Getting Started

Hydroponics, in its simplest form, is growing plants by supplying all necessary nutrients in the plants’ water supply rather than through the soil. Here are some basic hydroponic systems, as well as growing tips.

DIY Hydroponics – GRADE LEVEL: PRESCHOOL, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The idea of growing plants in nontraditional ways like by using hydroponics techniques can really capture kids’ attention and get them excited about gardening. Prefabricated hydroponic units can be pricy, so this activity provides information about designing DIY options that may be a little more economical.

The Plant Soil Relationship – Grade Level: 3-5

Students will learn: 1) Soil helps anchor plants and provides them essential elements of water and nutrients. 2)Plants prevent soil erosion and provide organic matter.

Grow with the Flow – Grade Level: 5-9

This 10 session project-based curriculum includes simple instructions for constructing 2 different types of hydroponic units, setting plants, observing growth, and harvesting. Entomology, physics, social studies, marketing, math, nutrition and careers in horticulture, are integrated into the basic plant science focus. These projects allow for a balanced approach with group and individual activities. 

Soil vs. Water: Exploring Hydroponics – Grade Level: 6-8th, 9th – 12th

Students will:

  • Review what plants need to grow
  • Explore how traditional soil-based gardening techniques provide for plant needs
  • Explore how hydroponic growing techniques provide for plant needs
  • Conduct an experiment to observe differences between traditional and hydroponic growing techniques

Additional Resources: Food Safety

Good Agriculture Practices for Handling Lettuce

Good Agriculture Practices for Sprouts

Food Safety on the Farm – Water Handling

Guide to Washing Fresh Produce

E. coli prevention control in Fresh Produce

Funding Resources:

Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) competitive grants initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access; education; business and start-up costs for new farmers; and development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production.

USDA-NIFA Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program provides funding for food safety training and education for small and mid-sized producers and processors affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Patrick Leahy Farm to School Grant Program (open October – January)

The Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program‘s purpose is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science and improve the nutritional health of children. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.

Celebrate Earth Day with the #GrowFoodChallenge

Celebrate Earth Day with the #GrowFoodChallenge

Invest in our planet, your community and your family by celebrating Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, 2023 by joining this year’s #GrowFoodChallenge

The #GrowFoodChallenge is a call to action for individuals, families, schools, & community groups in Northwest Tennessee to grow food & build soil.

From Saturday, April 22 – July 1, 2023, registered participants in the #GrowFoodChallenge will receive free seeds at a Seed Distribution Site within the 9-county region of Northwest Tennessee. During the challenge, participants may earn up to 6 prize entries by submitting online  photos of your growing food AND building compost projects. In addition to monthly prize drawings, participants are eligible to win the grand prize =>

A Rural King Chest Freezer full of a locally raised quarter processed NB Company Beef!

Join us at the Martin Farmers Market in Martin, TN to kick-off this year’s #Grow Food Challenge at the first annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22nd from 9am – 12 noon in downtown Martin, TN. 

Activities include:
~ Plant seeds with the Martin Public Library
~ Learn about composting and reduction of food waste with Girl Scout Troop 40139
~ Join the TN Environmental Council’s #ComePostYourCompost program
~ Participate in a community-wide trash pick-up
~ Pick-up trash supplies from the Weakley County Litter Grant to support the Martin Beautiful Committee’s city-wide trash pick up
~ Learn from the UT Martin Ecology Club
~ Learn about and purchase hydroponically grown products from Blackberry Pond Farm
~ Pick up FREE seeds from the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network and register for this year’s #GrowFoodChallenge
~ Participate in a plant and pots swap from 11am-12 noon.

The #GrowFoodChallenge Plant and Pots Swap will begin at 11am – the idea is to bring some plants and pots from your house to swap them out with others. If you don’t have any of that, it’s ok – you can still participate after the second round of swapping. 

The Martin Beautiful Committee is encouraging all to participate in the GREAT GLOBAL CLEANUP® – a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks — reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans. 

Join us at the Earth Day Celebration on 4/22 from 9am -12pm at the Martin Farmers Market, 101 Main Street, Martin, TN 38237. For more information visit: https://nwtnlfn.org/grow-food-challenge/

Share the Earth Day Celebration event on facebook at: https://fb.me/e/2DD812Hg4.

Northwest Tennessee residents can pick up FREE #GrowFoodChallenge seed packets at the following locations:
~ BENTON COUNTY – Second Harvest Food Bank;
~ CARROLL COUNTY – Carroll County Library/ Seed Bank and McKenzie Senior Citizens Center;
~ CROCKETT COUNTY – Crockett County Library;
~ DYER COUNTY – Dyer County Master Gardeners Plant Sale and McIver’s Grant Public Library & Seed Bank;
~ GIBSON COUNTY – Humboldt Public Library;
~ HENRY COUNTY – Henry County Extension Offices and W.G. Rhea Public Library;
~ LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Extension Office;
~ OBION COUNTY – Obion County Public Library;
~ WEAKLEY COUNTY – Martin Public Library and the Weakley County Extension. 

Pick Up Your Seeds during the following events throughout Northwest Tennessee

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a 501(c)(3) 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 Northwest Tennessee. The #GrowFoodChallenge is paid for through a #SeedMoney Grant with the following generous seed donors; Society of St. Andrews, Sow True Seed, Ferry Morse Company, Cooperative Gardens Commission; and the following prize donors: Discovery Park of America, Greenway Nursery, Tractor Supply Company, Walmart, Bamboozle, the TN Environmental Council, Rural King and NB Beef Company.

Are you ready for the #GrowFoodChallenge? REGISTER HERE

Fore more information, visit our Grow Food Challenge webpage.

Thanks for growing with us!

Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network Team

Turning Yard Waste into TN Gold

During this #GrowFoodChallenge season, as you clean-up your yards from leaves and clear out your garden beds of weeds, consider re-using these natural elements to the benefit of your wallet, your soil, and our climate. 

Recycling food and other organic waste into compost provides a range of environmental benefits, including improving soil health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling nutrients, and mitigating the impact of droughts. Composting can be done in many ways. It’s all about utilizing the power of natural decomposition processes, and turning yard scraps into Tennessee gold. My family composts by piling mounds all over our yard because we have lots of weeds – all over, and it’s a lot of yard waste to deal with. Instead of giving it away to a waste company, we give it back to the soil. 

6 Ways to Turn Yard Waste into Tennessee Gold

  1. Repurpose your Fall Leaves:  Add fallen leaves to your compost pile. The carbon in leaves is essential to a healthy compost pile by adding nutrients and keeping moisture. You can pile them up next to your compost and add them into your pile, gradually, all year. Don’t have a compost pile? Check out the Tennessee Environmental Council’s #Come Post Your Compost web and facebook group pages. 
  2. Use leaves in your potted plants: Mix dried leaves in the top two to three inches of soil. Overtime the leaves will decompose and increase nutrients, giving your potted plants a healthy start!
  3. Save your lawn by just mowing over your leaves: Instead of raking up your leaves, just go over your whole yard with your lawn mower, this will chop up the leaves, spread them out, and allow them to decompose throughout the winter. Shredded leaves are also a cost effective alternative to store bought mulch and will help protect grass, flower buds and seeds in your yard.
  4. Create Art Projects with your fallen leaves: Pick the most beautiful fall leaves to preserve and use for seasonal decorations. Leaves are a versatile art material. You can use them to stuff scarecrows, make a pretty wreath, and even for leaf rubbing art. If you would like to make leaf rubbing art, place fresh and/or dried leaves under a sheet of paper and shade over each leaf with a colored pencil or crayon – it’s magical!
  5. Gather the leaves and help the critters: Many wildlife species live or rely on the leaves to find food or make habitats. If you want to keep your yard clean, but help with wildlife then rake up the leaves and pill them up in a far corner of your yard. If you have a woodsy area on your property you can place them there!
  6. Save your cardboard & reduce waste in your neighborhood: Use cardboard in- between your garden bed rows and top them off with your neighbor’s leaf bags. It’s cheaper than buying bags of mulch and they decompose to create rich, luscious soil.

Use cardboard in-between your garden bed rows and top them off with your neighbor’s leaf bags. It’s cheaper than buying bags of mulch and they decompose to create rich, luscious soil. Make sure to remove any plastic tape the cardboard might have and the leaves are clean (with no garbage).

The combination of cardboard and leaves help the weeds stay blacked-out and not grow throughout season. Utilizing leaves around your yard builds your soil, protects from drought, and prevents pesky weeds from invading your pathways – saving you both time and money and protecting our earth’s natural resources: soil and water.

Read more: 7 Tips to Healthy Soil

Samantha Goyret
Local Food Network Team Blogger

GroMoreGood Grant to Cultivate Sharon School Garden

Recently, the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network received a $500 Gro More Good Grassroots grant to support the renovation and rejuvenation of the Sharon School Grant. This was a competitive national grant from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening.

In 2023, 160 programs received funding to start or expand their youth garden or greenspace. A total of $95,000 was awarded.

“Congratulations to the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network for receiving a 2023 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant,” said KidsGardening’s Program Director, Sarah Lane. “We love when kids can play, learn, and grow in the garden, and the new student-designed garden at Sharon School will be the perfect place for that.”

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network facilitated the Weakley County Farm to School Action Planning process which produced a Farm to School Action Plan in 2021. “The organization’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL,” stated Samantha Goyret, Executive Director, NWTNLFN, “which is exactly how we plan to utilize the Sharon School Garden as a way to empower both teachers, students, and the community.”

The Weakley County Farm to School vision statement, “Plants the seeds for students to learn where their food comes from by growing, observing, and experiencing hands-on opportunities. The growth of the initiative occurs as educators, farmers, and local ag-based entities work together to create a nationally recognized sustainable model.

The #GrowSharon School Garden Committee will coordinate the maintenance of the garden through a strategic plan that is being worked on with the STEM Garden design project to involve ALL grade levels at Sharon School in order to take part in maintaining, engaging and enjoying the garden space. 

Part of the plan is to add playground borders around the garden, lay down a thick layer of mulch and create new raised beds for kids 3 years old to 14, Pre-K – 8th grade to utilize throughout the school year.

#GrowSharon Committee members include Linda Biggers, Interventionist Specialist at Sharon School who is working with students to design the school garden using STEM concepts; McKenna Cady, Middle School teacher who incorporates STEM concepts into daily student activities and has a passion to work with children with disabilities; Michelle Clements, Principal, Sharon School who has been serving Weakley County Schools for over 15 years; Beth Davidson, Assistant Principal who wears many hats, Ms. Beth is a Literacy Leader, RTBR Coach, and co-leader of the Sharon School; Samantha Goyret, Parent/LFN Staff, who has been volunteering at Sharon School for 5 years and loves to teach children about gardening, eating well and having fun in the soil; and Danielle Scott Johnson, 2nd grade Teacher who in 2020, was a Teacher of the Year State Finalist, and the lead teacher who implemented the Sharon School garden in 2014. Ms. Danielle’s passion and dedication to keep growing has inspired the rest of the school to take action to expand the garden location.

The GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant, brought to you by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. The Grassroots Grants are part of Scotts Miracle-Gro’s larger GroMoreGood initiative, which aims to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens and greenspaces to 10 million children by 2023.

There are several volunteer opportunities through the NWTN Local Food Network visit: nwtnlfn.org/volunteer.

More about grantees: https://kidsgardening.org/grant_winners/2023-gromoregood-grassroots-grant-winners/

~ Written by Samantha Goyret
Local Food Network Team Member

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.

Learn more about Innov8Africa

Join the 2023 #GrowFoodChallenge in Northwest Tennessee!

Volunteer with the NWTN Local Food Network.

Invite your friends to like us on Facebook.

www.innov8africa.org

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!

Join the #GrowFoodChallenge. Learn more here.

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: www.surveymonkey.com/r/tnf2sfarmers2023

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! nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com

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 nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com.

“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.