Cultivating Yourself
Cultivating Yourself
WEAKLEY COUNTY LOCAL FOOD NETWORK
FEBRUARY 2017 EDITION

NextFarm® Workshop Series for Farmers
Learn new ways to turn your food production and/or farm expansion ideas into successful businesses by participating in the upcoming NextFarm® Workshop series. NextFarm® is a business development program focused on agriculture innovation and development created by Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC). 
The Farmers Tool Box
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FARMERS TOOL BOX REGISTRATION HERE
Farm-to-Consumer Marketing
FARM-TO-CONSUMER MARKETING REGISTRATION HERE

The NextFarm® Workshop series is made possible through funding from the Delta Regional Authority Rural Business Opportunity Grant which supports NWTN Local Food Network activities through the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center.
JOIN WALK ACROSS TN
What better way to beat six more weeks of winter blah...join Walk Across Tennessee today! Send team registration forms to: rita.jeter@tn.gov no later than February 4th. Program will start February 5th and run through April 1st. 
When submitted the team form should be accompanied by all individual registration forms. More Info
FARM AND RESTAURANT ALLIANCE SEEKS FARMERS FOR WESTERN TN EVENT
The PickTN Farm and Restaurant Alliance is planning an event to connect farmers to chefs in West TN, and essentially it needs to be farmers who are interested in working with restaurants and have the capacity for deliveries of goods. The event will be held at Heartwood Hall in Rossville, TN, on March 6th at 6pm. It will feature West TN chefs, most notably the head chef of Chez Philippe, which is located at The Peabody in Memphis.
 
PickTN wants to provide a networking opportunity to have prominent chefs in West TN to connect with farmers so they can promote the use of local, Tennessee- based foods instead of those coming from other states. If any producers are interested in this, please contact Greer Gill, TN Department of Agriculture Marketing Specialist, by February 15th at greer.gill@gmail.com or at 615-837-5163.

Using Food to Build Community Forum & Dinner

The Local Food Network Steering Committee is currently planning our next community Forum and Locally Sourced Dinner to provide a platform for Weakley County high school teachers, school food service staff, administrators, local farmers, student “champions”, parents and community organizations to tell stories, share struggles and successes, and organize efforts to inspire healthy changes for themselves, their schools, and their communities.

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

GOALS of the Forum

For more information on how to RSVP,
please contact Samantha Goyret or call 731.587.4213 ext. 274

**Attention FARMERS**

If you would like to provide food for the locally sourced dinner, please contact Samantha Goyret by March 1, 2017.

LOCAL FOOD GUIDE SEEKING FARMERS AND AGRI-BUSINESSES
Over the past year, the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) started the Local Food Network spearheading the first edition of the Weakley County Local Food Guide with 2,500 copies distributed throughout the area. The guide educates consumers on the benefits of fresh, affordable, and locally grown foods while showcasing area farmers markets, farmers and agri-businesses by product, and locally owned plant vendors in order to support those on a journey to reconnect with their food.

NTEC would like to expand the LOCAL FOOD GUIDE to include agri-businesses growing and selling in Weakley, Carroll, Henry and Obion Counties. The goal is to make this a regional document for our 9-county region in Northwestern TN. 
If you are interested in including your farm, agri-business or organization’s information in this freely published, widely distributed document, please provide the following information to READ MORE...
GARLIC FACTS
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” ~Hippocrates
Garlic has been used all over the world for thousands of years. With garlic, you get an excellent supply of manganese – 23 percent of the daily value – containing essential enzymes and antioxidants. Garlic also contains 17 percent of the daily value in vitamin B6, and 15% in vitamin C, while allocating good amounts of calcium, phosphorus, and selenium.
Yes, it's true - they all wear glasses, but even better is they are guest speakers at our upcoming NextFarm Workshops Series.

REGISTER TODAY!
From left to right:
  1. Carol Reed, Executive Director, NTEC - THE FARMERS TOOL BOX
  2. Lane Last, UT Martin Professor of Art & Graphic Design - FARM-TO-CONSUMER MARKETING
  3. Annette Wszelaki, Associate Professor, Commercial Vegetable Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, UT Knoxville - THE FARMERS TOOL BOX
  4. Brian Carroll, UT Martin Family & Consumer Sciences Lecturer, Dietetic Internship Director - THE FARMERS TOOL BOX
  5. Joel Howard, Area Director, USDA Rural Development - THE FARMERS TOOL BOX
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LOCAL FOOD NETWORK 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.
Do you have information you would like to share with the Local Food Network in the next e-newsletter? Please contact Samantha Goyret, nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com
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