Indigenous Contributions to the World Around Us

On Monday, February 20th at 6pm, the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is hosting a presentation by Kimberly Greene Bugg titled “Indigenous Contributions to the World Around Us” as part of the month-long 2023 Civil Rights Conference theme,“Who Will Stand in the Gap? – A Clarion Call for Justice Seekers,” hosted by The University of Tennessee at Martin.

“Indigenous Contributions to the World Around Us” will be presented by Kimberly Greene Bugg a member of the Oneida Nation from the Six Nations Reserve located in Ontario, Canada. She currently resides in Lake County, TN. The presentation and discussion with the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network discusses the importance of learning about indigenous people that inhabited the lands before the settlers arrived and how people can continue to learn and support indigenous people today.

“The Local Food Network is thrilled to continue our participation in this year’s Civil Rights Conference and shed light on indigenous voices,” stated Caroline Ideus, Outreach Director of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network. “We hope the discussion will bring awareness to indigenous contributions to our environment and lives.”

Kimberly Greene Bugg is an ambassador of the Native American community, children’s book author, artist of traditional dolls and beadwork, and organizer of the Northwest Tennessee Native American Educational Powwow at Discovery Park of America in Union City from October 27th-29th. In 1997, she was titled with the “Memphis Powwow Princess” which sparked her lifelong passion to educate the public about indigenous culture and history.The discussion is hosted by the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, a nonprofit based out of Martin, TN serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL in Northwest Tennessee. Their vision is to create a sustainable regional food system that utilizes locally grown and produced foods to promote healthy individuals, equitable communities and thriving local economies.

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~ Caroline Ideus
Outreach Director, Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network

Taste the Harvest Celebration on Saturday, June 18th!

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Harvest Celebration and Beef Prize Drawing 

At 10am on Saturday, June 18th at Martin Farmers Market, #GrowFoodChallenge will celebrate the HARVEST portion of the contest and draw for the grand prize – a Rural King chest freezer and quarter processed beef from Giffin Farms! Entries must be submitted by Thursday, June 16th at midnight to be eligible to win.  Entries can be submitted at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GrowFoodChallenge-HARVEST2022 .   

The Martin Farmers Market will be open on Saturday, June 18th from 8am – 12pm. The special event will feature live music from Tennessee Bob, children’s activities surrounding “National Eat Your Vegetables Day”, 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, FFA Student Plant Sale Groups, City of Martin, Martin Farmers Market and the Tennessee Environmental Council. 

We are thankful to our generous sponsors and donors who support this year’s #GrowFoodChallenge: Giffin Farms & Rural King, Bamboozle, Society of St. Andrews, Cooperative Gardens, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Tennessee Environmental Council, Vowel & Sons, University of Tennessee at Martin, Walmart – Martin.