Who We Are

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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Background
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.

What We DoLocal Food Logo
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.

The LFN has also 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. In 2017 NTEC is expanding the guide to include agri-businesses from Weakley, Carroll, Henry and Obion Counties.

Download the Weakley County Local Food Guide 2016.

Upcoming Events

 

NEXT FARM® WORKSHOP Series

Farmers Toolbox NextFarm Workshop 2017 2

 

The Farmer's Tool Box

2/28/17, 9 AM - 3PM

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REGISTER Farmers Tool Box HERE

 

FarmtoConsumer NextFarm Workshop 2017

Farm-To-Consumer Marketing

3/7/17, 8:30AM - 12:30 PM

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REGISTER Farm-to-Consumer Marketing HERE


Using Food to Build Community 
Forum and Dinner


What are YOU doing NOW that encourages better nutrition, physical activity and growing food?

 A platform for Weakley County teachers, school food service staff, administrators, local farmers, government officials, student “champions”, parents and community organizations to showcase their stories, struggles and successes to inspire healthy changes for themselves, their schools, and their communities. Table displays are encouraged to share your ideas and projects with others.

RSVP HERE

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
5 PM – 7:30 PM

registration open at 4 PM

Tennessee Tractor
8258 Highway 45 South, Martin, TN 38237

RSVP REQUIRED. FREE TO ATTEND. LOCALLY SOURCED DINNER INCLUDED.

~ GOALS of the Forum ~

Showcase projects that are underway to encourage better nutrition and physical activity.

 Forge new collaborations to create sustainable changes at home, at school, and beyond.

Cultivate new relationships to build inspiration, community, and purpose.

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.

 


LFN GOALS

  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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June 2016

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September 2016 - FORUM Invitation

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