The below schedule is from 2017 and serves as an example schedule. Please check back for final 2018 schedule!

3:30 pm Welcome with Brad Gioa
3:45 pm Registration desk opens
Located in the front lobby of the dining hall
3:45 pm
  • Health & Wellness: Virginia Harper – Eating for Health and Wellness
  • Environment: Tradd Cotter – Using Mushrooms to Remediate Environmental Problems
  • Entrepreneurship: Hal Holden-Bache – Starting a Restaurant Business
4:45 pm Registration
5:00 pm Social
6:00 pm Dinner: Local Gourmet Cuisine by Great Nashville Chefs
7:30 pm Nashville Food Project & Vanderbilt Rooted Community Health- Community Food Security: A Recipe for Our Time
7:00 am Doors open
7:30 am Registration desk opens with Breakfast
(Located in the front lobby of the dining hall)
8:15 am Welcome
8:30 am Ken Meter: The Metro Nashville Food Systems Assessment
9:15 am Break
9:30 am Sessions
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Sessions
11:45 am Break
12:00 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Keynote: Ian McSweeney- Community Supported Land Tenure
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Sessions
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Sessions
5:00 pm Nashville Grown Social
6:30 pm List of local restaurants to choose from to go your own way
Chef Demonstrations in Gibbs Kitchen
9:30 am Tandy Wilson, City House
10:45 am Julia Sullivan, Henrietta Red
2:45 pm Eric Zizka, Oak Steakhouse
4:00 pm Tony Galzin, Nicky’s Coal Fired
9:30 am Nashville’s Local Food Economy, Tasha Kennard
10:45 am Access to Farmland for the Next Generation, Ian McSweeney
2:45 pm Community Gardening, Mac Wilson
4:00 pm Collaborating for a Community-based Food System, Ken Meter
9:30 am Mushroom Culture, Tradd Cotter
10:45 am Carbon, Cattle and Climate, Loran Shallenberger
2:45 pm Organic Grain Farming, Holden Thompson and Alfred Farris 
4:00 pm Transitioning Organic Farms to Future Generations, Ian McSweeney, Bill Keener, Alfred & Carney Farris
9:30 am
Growing for Market with Permaculture (off-grid)

, Susana Lein

10:45 am School Gardening, Robin Fazio
2:45 pm Hand-powered Gardening, Paul Bela
4:00 pm Thinking Outside the Hive, Jay Williams
Health & Wellbeing
9:30 am The Practice of Fermentation, Virginia Harper: You Can Heal You
10:45 am Food is Medicine, Sommer White, M.D.
2:45 pm Organic & Biodynamic, an M.D.’s Prescription, Mark Hancock
4:00 pm The Healthy Mowing Option, Zach Richardson
10:30 am Garden tour of Woodmont Garden, an endeavor of the Nashville Food ProjectBringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.
“Right outside the kitchens of The Nashville Food Project, on the campus of Woodmont Christian Church, the Woodmont Garden grows the highly nutritious greens and vegetables that make our meals nutrient powerhouses.” Woodmont is the second garden discussed in this article at the Nashville Food Project’s website.
The Barefoot Farmer, Jeff Poppen will be on hand for the tour.


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