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Oct 29

Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3 – Tennessee Local Food Summit – 10th Anniversary 2020 Virtual Conference

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - December 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm


Posted by TN Local Food Summit (updated Dec. 2, 2020)

For ten years, the Tennessee Local Food Summit has hosted an annual conference bringing together various stakeholders of our food system to connect and collaborate on ways to strengthen our local foodshed. Join us online as we gather every Thursday evening from October 29th thru November 19th as we explore important topics like Agrarian Trust, Regenerative Agriculture, Food Justice, Cooperatives and more.

This year’s virtual food summit series will be free to all who register and will bring together farmers, gardeners, and the foodservice industry with national experts, policymakers, and local institutions to learn and discuss ideas to strengthen our local and regional food system.

The summit will be held virtually through a weekly series of panel discussions starting October 29th and continuing every Thursday evening at 7pm through November 19th with a short break over Thanksgiving and then back again on December 3rd as a compilation and next steps to improve our local food system.

Top organizations and change-makers in the food system will focus on different topics each week.

Completed and Upcoming Sessions

October 29th – Land access and community-based farm ownership with Agrarian Trust


November 5th – Discussion Panel about the Intersection of Food and Climate Change hosted by Caney Fork Farms


November 12 – Food justice: building a more just and equitable food system in middle Tennessee hosted by Society of St. Andrew


November 19th – Cooperatives and Our Food System


December 3rd – Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer, and Jim Embry, the slow food movement ambassador and a representative of the Sustainable Community’s Network, will recap and discuss where we go from here


To stay up to date throughout the year on the work of the Tennessee Local Food Summit please sign up for our newsletter here and scroll down to the bottom of our main page.

About and Mission of the Tennessee Local Food Summit (TNLFS)

The Tennessee Local Food Summit, a 501(c)3, was founded in 2010 by local organic and biodynamic farmer Jeff Poppen to promote sustainable farming practices and a more localized food system. TNLFS supports local food for Middle Tennessee communities by offering opportunities to increase the production and consumption of high quality foods. Our goal is to provide the education necessary to preserve and expand our rich tradition of diversified family farms, revitalize the rural economy, and provide healthful, nutritious food to everyone in our community. We promote regenerative ranching and sustainable farming practices and assist in developing equitable, efficient distribution systems. We host events that bring together farmers, gardeners, and the foodservice industry with national experts, policymakers, and local institutions such as schools, hospitals, and universities. Middle Tennessee once fed itself, and it will again. More information can be found at tnlocalfood.com.


October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
December 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
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(901) 626-7760