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Mid-South Farm to Table Conference in Memphis, TN, February 12

Green Leaf Learning Farm - Memphis, TN
Photo by Amy C. Evans

The farm-to-table and urban agriculture movements in Memphis, Tennessee, are...growing!

Save the date for the upcoming Mid-South Farm to Table Conference, happening in Memphis on February 12. From the press release:
The third annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference will take place on February 12, 2013 from 8 AM to 5 PM at Rhodes College. The conference is designed to provide a forum for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and other interested groups to discuss ideas for developing the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South.
The Mid-South Farm to Table Conference was established with the vision that a thriving local food system will strengthen farmer livelihoods by connecting more farmers to local consumers; will improve access to fresh produce and increase healthy food consumption; and will stimulate economic development and job creation in the region.
The 2013 conference will feature sessions on a variety of important topics for the local food system – from fruit and vegetable production to new farm start-ups, food hubs, food writing and how food shapes our culture and urban agriculture in Memphis. A networking lunch will provide attendees the chance to further develop relationships and collaborative opportunities.
Sponsors of the 2013 Mid-South Farm to Table Conference include the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Slow Food Memphis, Rhodes College, Memphis Center for Food and Faith, and Grow Memphis.

Visit the Mid-South Farm to Table Conference website for more information.

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Last week SFA oral historian Amy C. Evans traveled to Memphis to meet with Christian Man of Green Leaf Learning Farm, an urban educational agricultural effort that is a project of Knowledge Quest, a non-profit serving the children of South Memphis. Christian has spent the past few months conducting a handful of oral history interviews to document the farm, while also exploring changing experiences in, and conceptions of, agriculture in the South for African Americans. Christian shared his interviews with the SFA's permanent archive, and we will share moments from some of his interviews in the coming months.

Christian's tenure at Green Leaf will come to an end at the end of this month, but his work is far from done. In 2013, Christian will begin working for the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, a newly established effort that views eating and agriculture as acts of faith and will serve as an advocacy organization for the greater Memphis community on issues of food policy, access, and justice. He he intends to incorporate oral history fieldwork as part of the Center's mission. We will make sure to share more information as it is made available.