2018 Food for Life Conference at SVI is Over! Plan to come in 2019–watch our sites for info on dates.

Since 1999, thinkers, practitioners, dreamers, and eaters have gathered at Sequatchie Valley Institute for the annual Food for Life event near Chattanooga, TN. For our 20th year celebration, we  welcomed back Sandor Katz as our keynote speaker and instructor. He is the award-winning author of such titles as “The Art of Fermentation” and “Wild Fermentation,” books which comprehensively and thoughtfully cover numerous forms of food preservation.

The event was very successful, with over 60 wonderful participants and many workshops.  Many thanks to all our workshop instructors, cooks, work traders, and donors.  All our instructors donated their wisdom, time and energy to Sequatchie Valley Institute so they deserve our deepest thanks.  The work traders made the program possible with their dedication and energy.  The cooks provided fabulous meals, amazingly plentiful and ON TIME.  SVI did manage to provide small stipends for their many hours of HOT work.  We hope that in the future SVI will have enough funding to provide more compensation to our staff and program presenters.  In the meantime, we provide our love and appreciation!  Our schedule is attached below, with the names of our presenters.

We will let you know the dates for the 21st FFL as soon as it is arranged, so watch this site and our SVI Facebook page for all our upcoming events.  And come to see us.  Liquidambar Gallery, the Nature Trails, and the Arboretum Trail are all open most weekends, from 10-5 in the summer.  Watch Facebook to be sure we are open, and come on out!

You may also arrange 2-3 hour tours for kids, scouts, families, and adult groups.  Tours include guided hikes on the round-trip Nature Trails, tours of the gardens, greenhouse, edible landscape, solar energy system, and structures. Tours must be arranged in advance.  The charge is $8/person, with a $50 minimum.


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