Celebrating Local and Organic Growing at Tennessee Local Food Summit Dec. 6-8, 2019

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Eating locally grown organic food is often advised as the best option because of its rich flavor and nutritional density, especially if it is seasonal. In addition to supporting local economy and saving on transportation costs, growing local and organic also benefits our environment helping us rebuild depleted soil, reduce toxic pollution, support beneficial soil microorganisms, and ultimately reverse the climate change and reestablish the culture of healthy agrarian communities with mid-size farms – the kind that Wendell Berry, the famous environmental activist, poet and farmer in Kentucky, has been promoting since 1960s.

His children are continuing the family legacy and in 2011 established The Berry Center with the mission to advocate for farmers, land conserving communities, and healthy regional economies. This year the 9th annual Tennessee Local Food Summit taking place in Nashville, TN Dec. 6-8, 2019 will feature a presentation “Saving Small Farms” by Mary Berry, daughter of Wendell Berry and the Executive Director of the Berry Center in Kentucky. Complementing Mary’s talk will be two other keynote presentations by Ellen Polishuk with focus on making farms healthier businesses and by Larry Kopald covering the role of farming in climate issues. The Track schedule of the summit conveniently outlines the topics by interest, such as Community, Economics, Farming, Gardening, School Gardens, Authors, Health, and Chef Demos. Please read more about this exceptional event and all the workshops and vendor shows on the event page for Tennessee Local Food Summit.

Please feel free to learn more about the Berry Center mission in this short 1:35 min. video.

The Berry Center: A Present Day Iteration of the Producer’s Program (1:35 min)

We look forward to seeing you at the Tennessee Local Food Summit on December 6-8, 2019 in Nashville, TN.

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