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Tennessee's Barefoot Farmer to host local food summit


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you’re into gardening or organic foods, you’re likely a fan of Tennessee’s Barefoot farmer, Jeff Poppen. 

Poppen will host the three-day Tennessee Local Food Summit at the end of November. He insists that even in fast growing Davidson County there’s still room for locally grown food.


“There’s a lot of land that’s just not being used, there’s a lot of people who need work, and there’s… consumer demand is rising for this organic local food.”


Food Summit participants will enjoy meals created by local chefs using locally grown foods. The summit also includes educational workshops and demonstrations. One of the speakers will be mid-state resident Sandor Katz who specializes in food fermentation.


“Talk about some of the special nutritional qualities of fermented foods and beverages and some of the benefits of incorporating its use into our diets and then do a simple demonstration of how to ferment vegetables.”


Barefoot Farmer Jeff Poppen notes Middle Tennessee farmers once fed all of Nashville and says they can do so again.  He says even if you’re not into local or organically grown foods, the economics make for a compelling argument.

“There’s $4.5 billion spent on food in the Nashville region and very little of that money stays in the Nashville region.”


The three day Tennessee Local Food Summit will be held on the campus of Montgomery Bell Academy in West Nashville and will begin Friday, Nov. 30. Look for a link to event details in this story at WMOT.org.