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The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network (LFN) is a group of agricultural producers, consumers, businesses and organizations that meet on a rotating basis throughout the year to convene, share information, strengthen connections and forge new collaborations. The underlying effort of the LFN is to build a new food system, one that will be local and regional through multiple strategies to strengthen the local economy while enriching the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food. It’s a pretty audacious goal and it’s going to take everybody to make it work. That’s why we have a lot of sessions on very different parts of the food system – we’re trying to do a huge thing.

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In 2015, members of the LFN Steering Committee requested assistance through the national Local Foods, Local Places program to develop an action plan for advancing the local food system. Currently, NTEC supports the network financially and also logistically through a grant with the Delta Regional Authority, but there are many other players that are involved in the network.

The role of the LFN Steering Committee and action committees is to facilitate and catalyze actions that are, incrementally, strengthening our local food system by increasing awareness, production and consumption of local foods.

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NTEC and partners are hosting a series of FREE community dinner forums called "Using Food to Build Community" to provide an ongoing platform for Weakley County residents to gather and discuss issues and opportunities around strengthening our local food system. The LFN has open and free participation with the opportunity to improve economic development, livability and public health outcomes in our communities, county, region and state at large.

In 2016, the LFN produced the first Weakley County Local Food Guide with the goal to make it a regional document for our 9-county region in Northwestern TN by 2020. In 2017 NTEC expanded the guide to include agri-businesses from Weakley, Carroll, Henry and Obion Counties.


Download the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide 2017-18.


Upcoming Events

Using Food to Build Community 
Forum and Dinner


The next forum will be for Mayors and Government Officials in October of 2017.

Take the LFN Forum evaulation survey to help improve our programming for future forums.

~ Read MARCH 2017 Forum Discussion Ideas~

Discussion question from 3/14/2017: If you were the mayor of your community, what would you do to make it a healthier place?

For more information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Samantha Goyret or call 731.587.4213.


 Watch a short video about The Local Food Network



  1. Make Northwest Tennessee Farmers Markets destinations for farm businesses, local arts, healthy living, family and visitors.
  2. Empower and develop local people and organizational capacity to advance local foods, local place-based initiatives.
  3. Make downtown areas thriving places that support local business growth, local foods and better public health outcomes.
  4. Grow farming businesses and local food.
  5. Provide education and increase awareness of the benefits and opportunities of a strong local food, local place-making program.

Download the LFN Goals and Actions UPDATED.

For a complete copy of the LFN Action Plan, receive our e-newsletter, or for more information, please contact Samantha Goyret by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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