Friday, December 5
Reception and Dinner

Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory

4pm: Reception

6pm: Dinner and Panel Discussion

8pm: Music with Beth Nielsen Chapman

Saturday, December 6

Vanderbilt Health and Wellness Center

8am: Breakfast

8:30am: Welcome

9-10:15am: Tracks

Science: Carbon Sequestration with Mark Badar from Free Choice Minerals

Gardening: Backyard Fruits with Hugh Williams of Threshold Farm

Economics: Food Hubs with Ken Meter of

Personal Stories: Adam Turtle and Mee Tracey McCormick on Research and Education

Spirituality: Jason Adkins on Christianity and Creation Care

Kitchen: Tyler Brown from Capitol Grille on Farm to Table

10:30-11:45am: Tracks

Science: Nitrogen with Hugh Lovell, author of Quantum Agriculture

Gardening: Susana Lein on Permaculture

Economics: Health, Medicine, and Society- An Impact Study

Personal Stories: Steve Johnson on Nutrtion

Spirituality: John Compton on Liturgical and Agricultural Calendars

Kitchen: Sean Brock from Husk on Eating with the Seasons

12pm: Lunch

12:30pm: John Ikerd Keynote: Real Farms

1pm: Lamar presents Farmer/Chef Auction

2-3:15pm: Tracks

Science: Elaine Ingham, author of Soil Food Web, on Microbiology

Gardening: Richard McDonald on Insects

Economics: John Ikerd on Real Economy

Personal Stories: Miranda Witcomb and Matt Spiker on restaurants

Spirituality: TBA

Kitchen: Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation, on Food Preservation

3:30-4:15pm: Tracks

Science: Panel of all science speakers on Climate

Gardening: Panel of all gardening speakers on Home Food Production

Economics: Panel of all economics speakers on Food-Based Careers

Personal Stories: Panel of all personal stories speakers on Nashville’s Food Movement

Spirituality: Panel of all spirituality speakers on Religious Role of Agriculture

Kitchen: Panel of all chefs on Local Food

4:30pm: Plenary-

5 minute summary of each track. Elaine Ingham, Hugh Williams, Ken Meter, Steve Johnson, TBA, Sean Brock

Reception and Dinner

University Club

5-6:50pm: Social


7pm: Banquet


8:30: Music with Darrell Scott, Will Kimbrough, and Special Guests

Sunday, December 7

Sulfur Creek Farm and Bells Bend
(Guests Choose Between 2 talks going on simultaneously)

9am: Hugh Williams on Keyline Ploughing and Ken Meter on Nashville’s Potential

9:30am: Hugh Lovell on Biodynamics and TBA on Local Chefs Making a Difference

10am: Elaine Ingham on Healthy Soils and John Ikerd on America’s Potential

11am: Brunch


1pm: Farm Tour



Objectives of Food Summit Tracks

1. Science:
To learn about carbon and nitrogen cycles and their effects on the atmosphere, soil, and water. To learn how microbes live and the roles they play. To understand how humans can positively affect the climate by the agricultural methods we employ.

  1. Gardening: To learn how to grow fruits, vegetables, and grains in our own backyard. To learn about insects, how they interact, and how we can create gardens with fewer insect problems.
  2. Economics: To understand how they money we spend on food can stay in our communities. To learn how other communities create local food hubs. To learn about the impact one farm has on the local economy.
  3. Personal Stories: To learn about the research, education, and examples going on in middle Tennessee. To understand how nutrition ultimately comes from the soil. To learn how we can help foster Nashville’s local food movement.
  4. Spirituality: To learn what land stewardship means from the standpoint of Christianity. To compare agricultural calendars with liturgical calendars. To learn about the role religion can play in helping to create local food security.
  5. Kitchen: To learn about the farm to table movement and eating with seasons. To learn how to preserve our food for year-round eating. To learn how to use farm fresh food with cooking demonstrations by nationally renowned chefs.

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