“Celebrating & Growing the Local Food Movement”

Middle Tennessee farmland once fed Nashville, and it is the vision of the Tennessee Local Food Summit that it will again. For the past eight years, this special event has been hosted at a variety of locations including Montgomery Bell Academy in 2017 and 2018. We are pleased to announce that the ninth Tennessee Local Food Summit will be held at Harpeth Hall on December 6-8, and we invite the community to our campus to enjoy this enriching experience. 

This year’s focus “Celebrating & Growing the Local Food Movement,” gathers some of the nation’s top agricultural, sustainable community, food movement, health and wellness and farming experts to examine our local food movement and systems.

Event Organizer Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer, is the owner and operator of one of the oldest and largest organic farms in Tennessee, Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs. Poppen has spent the last 40 years growing his own food and wants to share his vision of growing a sustainable local food movement that benefits farmers, agricultural systems, our environment, local chefs and consumers.

This year’s keynote speakers include; Ellen Polishuk, farm consultant and author of Start Your Farm, Mary Berry, Founder and Executive Director of The Berry Center in New Castle, Kentucky, and Larry Kopald, founder and president of The Carbon Underground based in Los Angeles, California.

The Tennessee Local Food Summit also includes breakout sessions examining; Community with Laura Wilson and Tallu Schuyler Quinn (HH alumna) , Economics with Kylee Thatcher, Alan Powell, Farming with Cliff Davis and Ian McSweeney, Health/Wellness with Dodd Galbreath and Joho Jackson, Gardening with David Wells, Jeremy Lekich, Iruka Embry, School Gardens with local youth panel, Robin Fazio and Suzanna Fotopulos, a Local Food Author session, presented by the Nashville Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, featuring Dame authors Anne Byrn (HH alumna), Louisa Shafia, Erin Byers Murray and Nancy Vienneau and Local Chef Demos from Hal Holden-Bache of Lockeland Table, Bobby Hodge of Oak Steakhouse and Trey Cioccia of The Farm House and Black Rabbit.

“We are delighted to be hosting the Tennessee Local Food Summit at Harpeth Hall, and to support their work educating the local community about the benefits of the local food movement. At Harpeth Hall, part of our mission is to prepare students to think critically about local and global issues and inequities. We are also committed to multi-faceted sustainability initiatives and environmental stewardship and believe that we are charged with developing a generation of women leaders who have both the skills and the knowledge to affect meaningful change. We see Harpeth Hall's involvement in the Tennessee Local Food Summit as a natural and exciting outgrowth of our commitment to supporting our neighbors and stewarding our community's resources. We look forward to welcoming the event team and its attendees to our campus,” said Harpeth Hall Head of School Jess Hill.

Summit tickets include all presentations, workshops, local chef-prepared meals and free parking. Early bird tickets are available for $100 per person for the whole conference or $75 for a single-day pass. College students can purchase whole conference tickets for $50, and high school students can attend the conference for free with ID. Purchase tickets here.

Tennessee Food Summit begins Friday, Dec. 6 at 5pm with a social hour, banquet dinner and keynote speaker. The summit resumes Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30am with breakfast and concludes with a social reception at 5pm. More information will be available on the Sunday, Dec. 8, 9am garden activity.

For a complete schedule, visit: www.tnlocalfood.com. Harpeth Hall is located 3801 Hobbs Road in Nashville. The event will take place on the first floor of Harpeth Hall's Middle School building. Attendees, please enter the Hobbs Road entrance and park in any of the parking lots facing the campus. Parking is free.

Purchase tickets here.

Tennessee Local Food Summit                                                              

Middle Tennessee farmland once fed Nashville, and it will again. As a peak year-end event fostering this change, the Tennessee Local Food Summit is December 6-8, 2019. Sponsored by Barefoot Farmer, LLC, Tennessee Local Food Summit will feature Nashville’s best chefs offering delicious, locally grown organic meals during a full day of educational workshops, networking, and the celebration of Nashville’s existing local food movement. Visit: www.tnlocalfood.com.