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Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network

A powerhouse for an equitable food system

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The NorthWest Tennessee Local Food Network first began its work on March 01, 2016. This grassroots organization set upon its mission to "catalyze a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to all in Northwest TN.” They accomplish this mission through a litany of local programs. 


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Some of their programs include connecting regional farmers’ markets, managing their Farm to School (F2S) initiative, spotlighting locally grown food through their “Taste of Tennessee”, and more. NWTN LFN takes an equitable approach to network area farmers and consumers. View their website for a deeper dive into the great work they do. 


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Northwest Tennessee is one of the more rural areas of Tennessee. Many farms are scattered throughout the region because of its relatively flatter terrain and rich river sediments. NWTN LFN features a circuit of farmers’ markets across the region. Visit them to support local farmers, find fresh food, and strengthen local economies. 


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F2S initiatives like theirs achieve several actionable objectives by connecting students and schools to area farmers. The programs improve students’ nutrition and academic outcomes. They also serve to reinforce local food networks and encourage environmental stewardship. Integrated F2S methods include serving fresh and local food at schools, building community relationships, and educating students about the impact of a healthy diet on their bodies. 


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Further, NWTN Local Food Network hosts the “Taste of Tennessee” program to highlight food grown nearby. Each month, they share a favorite cultivar grown by Tennessee farmers. They feature recipes, books, and further educational resources with each variety. Locals can see what is available near them and support small businesses and neighbors. 


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Samantha Goyret and Caroline Ideus co-manage this fantastic organization. Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network accomplishes more than mentioned here. Take a look at the work they do with school food gardens. Find their contact information below if you wish to support their efforts with your time, talent, or treasure. 


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Name: Northwest TN Local Food Network


Location: 113 Elm Street, Martin, TN 38237


Meeting Time: Various




Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube


What’s Growing? 

Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Bell Peppers, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chard, Chives, Cilantro, Cucumber, Dill, Flowers, Herbs, Kale, Lettuce, Marigold, Okra, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Sunflower, Sweet Potatoes, Thyme, Watermelon


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