Martin, TN - On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, area Weakley County Mayors, University of Tennessee at Martin Leaders, and NWTN Local Food Network Steering Committee Members gathered for a farm-to-table breakfast to discuss how to strengthen our local food system through the growing NWTN Local Food Network (LFN).

During introductions, the City of Martin, Mayor Randy Brundige, stated that “Agriculture in our community is in our past, in our present and it is our future.”

Samantha GoyretSamantha Goyret, Program Administrator of the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) and LFN Coordinator introduced the group and thanked area farmers for providing the 100% locally sourced breakfast prepared by Simply Southern. “Anybody who eats is involved in the Local Food Network,” noted Mrs. Goyret, “ we are using local food to build a new food system for our area, one that strengthens our local economies, increases access to fresh, healthy food, and promotes our unique community strengths.”

NWTN Local Food Guide vendors from both the Martin Farmers Market & Dresden Farmers Markets provided the food during the event including: Auntie Tina’s Jams & Jellies – Sharon; Biggs Apiaries – Gleason; Circle K Farms – Camden; Dixie Chile Ranch – Kenton; Earth's Bounty Bakery – Paris; Jill Magness & Richard Duncan - South Fulton; Hidden Hill Farm (CSA) – Dresden; Mast Family Farm – McKenzie, Richard Turnbow - Union City; Simply Southern- Gleason; Sunnyside Farm – Martin; and Utopia Farm - Camden, TN.

“Food can bring a community together. By focusing on food & feeding people it makes a community stronger,” stated Ashley Kite Rowland, Local Food Network Steering Committee Member.

LFN Forum October 17 2017 compressedParticipants discussed how our communities could support one another and provide solutions to problems around production & distribution of local foods, creation of a community kitchen, accessibility of fresh food to students and senior citizens, awareness of farmers markets and local foods, raising a new generation of farmers, and encouraging small-business growth through farmers markets.

“Healthier citizens are happier citizens. A quality of place encourages citizens to stay, live, play and pay taxes in our communities. Agriculture is the largest industry in Weakley County and one of our greatest assets,” stated Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum.

The forum closed with a CALL OF ACTION to all residents in the five cities in Weakley County to participate in the TN Environmental Council’s 250K Tree Planting Day on Saturday, February 24, 2018. All cities present agreed to participate and to help rally area residents to be involved in the county and state-wide tree-planting day. 250K logo for website make history revisedjpeg

The Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC), a 501(c)(3) organization in Martin hosts programs designed to focus on innovation, commercialization, investment, technology, and entrepreneurship in Northwest Tennessee. NTEC supports the network financially and also logistically through a grant with the Delta Regional Authority. More information can be found at ntecconnect.com/get-involved/local-food-network or by contacting Samantha Goyret, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..