How LFN Actions are making a difference
How LFN Actions are making a difference
WEAKLEY COUNTY LOCAL FOOD NETWORK
OCTOBER 2016 EDITION
Building Bridges From Farms to Communities
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the Local Food Network Forum & Dinner was hosted by the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) at the Dresden Farmers Market, and focused on elaborating a set of 5 focused goals that will lead to the improvement of Weakley County’s local food system, community relationships, health, and economy. READ MORE...
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Help us improve "Using Food to Build Community" Forums and Dinners by providing your feedback and ideas! The next Local Food Network Forum & Dinner will take place in March 2017.
Take Action on Goal 1: Make area Farmers Markets destinations for farm businesses, local arts, healthy living, family and visitors.
Understanding the Role of Farmers Markets in Weakley County
A research study is being conducted by a joint service learning effort between UTM psychology and sociology classes under the supervision of Dr. Angie MacKewn and Dr. Aaron Rowland, from the University of Tennessee at Martin. The current study will be examining perceptions towards community Farmers' Markets within Weakley County. If you agree to participate,the questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes. Thank you for providing your feedback to help strengthen our area Farmers Markets.
Farmers Market Perception SURVEY
Last chance to get your local fresh produce and goods! Dresden, Martin and Gleason Farmers Markets are having their last market this Saturday, October 29th until next season. You can find farmers off season by accessing the
Weakley County Local Food Guide.
Know your Farmer. Know your Food. Support Local Agri-Businesses.
Take Action on Goal 2: Empower and develop local people and organizational capacity to advance local foods, local place-based initiatives.
Digital Workshops for Farmers
“The Growing Digital workshops will help participants learn, evaluate and implement advanced online marketing strategies. 
  • Growing Digital: Advanced Social Media Workshops, Milan: November 18, 2016. 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Growing Digital: E-commerce Options, Milan: December 7, 2016, 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Video Content Creation and Marketing, Milan: January, 5, 2017
Pre-registration and pre-payment of $20 per person per event is required. Lunch is included. Register online now at https://tiny.utk.edu/GrowingDigitalQuestions?

Contact Megan at mleffew@utk.edu or (931) 486-2777 or Learn More HERE
Action Results on Goal 3: Make Weakley County downtowns thriving places that support local business growth, local foods and better public health outcomes.
LFN receives $25,000 DRA Grant
The Weakley County Local Food Network(LFN), hosted by the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center, recently was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Rural Business Development Program. One of the goals of the Rural Business Development Program is to help facilitate local capacity building within Delta communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals.
The DRA grant supports the LFN Community Forum Dinners, the printing of the Weakley County Local Food Guide and other marketing costs, administrative costs, and an exciting series of community educational workshops beginning in 2017. Thank you DRA!!!
Health Hawks Initiative Begins!
The Healthy Campus Initiative is a collaborative initiative to create a culture of health across the UTM campus and is currently in the data collection and planning stages of the initiative. Health Hawk goals are to create a health-driven social marketing campaign, increase physical activity and water intake of students, faculty, and staff, and, eventually, make UTM a tobacco-free campus. If anyone would like to join in the movement, they are free to contact Chelsea White, TN Department of Health, via email for more information at Chelsea.White@tn.gov
Take Action on Goal 4: Grow farming businesses and local food.
Support Local Family Farms this Fall - Get Your Pumpkins!
Corvin Farm's Pickin' PatchOpen Friday, 3 to 6, Saturday, 10 to 6 & Sunday 2 to 6. Fun for the entire family!
9921 Highway 22, 
Dresden, TN
Nanney Farms Pumpkins Patch - The pumpkin stand has been restocked for the last time this year. All pumpkins $1
HWY 45 in Martin TN directly across from Martin Parks and Recreation Complex
The Wright Pumpkins - Sold Out of Pumpkins, but make sure to check them out next season,
3803 Smith Cardwell Rd, 
South Fulton, TN
PUMPKIN FACTS
Pumpkins are an excellent source of beta carotene. Our bodies translate beta carotene into Vitamin A, which is key for keeping your eyesight keen. Pumpkins are also a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. The seeds, meanwhile, are packed with fiber and protein; they are also an excellent source of zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, and monounsaturated fat.     PUMPKIN RECIPES
Action Results from Goal 5: Provide education and increase awareness of the benefits and opportunities of a strong local food, local place-making program.
Results you can Taste

The Weakley County UT Extension FCS and the Weakley County Health Department Primary Prevention Initiative met on 6 Saturdays throughout the Summer at the Dresden Farmers Market to conduct the Farmers’ Market Fresh program recipe demonstrations, starting in June with cucumber relish and ending in September with sweet potato pancakes. The other 4 demonstrations featured corn, peaches, summer squash and tomatoes. Participants also received free items for their involvement in the program.

The Extension and Health Department gave out a total of 250 recipe cards and estimated reaching approximately 500 people. The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) redemption during the months of June, July, August and September totaled $472.00.
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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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