Who We Are
The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network (#NWTNLFN) is composed of private citizens, agricultural producers, representatives from area Farmers Markets, the Health Department, UT Extension, area schools, UTM, local businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and anybody who feels the need to make locally grown food a priority for our region.
The NWTN Local Food Network is working towards building an equitable and sustainable food system, one that is improving access to locally grown, fresh, healthy food, AND promoting increased usage of local places for the health and economic welfare of our communities in Northwest Tennessee. It’s a pretty audacious goal and it’s going to take everybody to make it work – we’re trying to do a huge thing.
REGISTER HERE TO GET YOUR FARM OR AGRI-BUSINESS IN THE 2019 NWTN LOCAL FOOD GUIDE.
What We Do
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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 through a community forum series called "Using Food to Build Community".
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.
In 2016, the LFN produced the first Weakley County Local Food Guide. In 2017 food guide was expanded to include agri-businesses from Weakley, Carroll, Henry and Obion Counties. The goal is to make the food guide a magazine distributed for free throughout our 9-county region in Northwestern TN by 2020 through paid advertisements.
You are invited to attend the #NWTNLFN's fifth
“Using Food to Build Community” Forum
with FREE locally sourced breakfast
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
from 8am – 10 am
Trinity Presbyterian Church
145 Hannings Lane, Martin, TN 38237
RSVP REQUIRED to ATTEND HERE
The NWTN Local Food Network invites you to engage in dialogue about issues facing our community regarding hunger & access to healthy food. Our goal is to form collaborative partnerships with the purpose of creating a local food system that is thriving and equitable for all, and its potential for supporting healthier people and neighborhoods, strengthening our local economy, and revitalizing our downtown and rural areas.
“Using Food to Build Community” Forum Goals:
1. Learn about the NWTN Local Food Network.
2. Receive updated information on current status of food accessibility.
3. Share ideas as to how these issues are already being addressed and ways to support these efforts moving forward.
4. Develop new strategies to fill any existing gaps.
5. Develop strategies to decrease hunger and increase accessibility to healthy food our area exploring a collaborative network to address issues of food access in the future.
Your participation and knowledge is requested to help make this event a success regarding the following awareness of:
• Area church congregational needs
• Low-income individual and family needs
• Agriculture and food related issues
• Community development needs
• Educational needs
• Health and wellness issues
During the event, the LFN would like to encourage individuals, churches, organizations and groups to display their programs, projects, and information on how they are working on food accessibility issues. There will be information tables available for set-up starting at 7:30 am.
Watch a short video about The Local Food Network
- Make Northwest Tennessee Farmers Markets destinations for farm businesses, local arts, healthy living, family and visitors.
- Empower and develop local people and organizational capacity to advance local foods, local place-based initiatives.
- Make downtown areas thriving places that support local business growth, local foods and better public health outcomes.
- Grow farming businesses and local food.
- Provide education and increase awareness of the benefits and opportunities of a strong local food, local place-making program.