Food for Life 2012, April 20 — 22

April 20, 2012toApril 22, 2012

sequatchie valley institute at moonshadow invites you to the fourteenth annual

food for life

a gathering about the source and protection of life
held in beautiful rural tennessee — April 20-22, 2012

Our fourteenth annual comprehensive food conference includes skill-building workshops as well as discussion-oriented political dialogues.

Plan to attend for the weekend, or just a day.

Learn various food preservation strategies including canning, fermentation (sauerkraut, kimchi, wine, mead) as well as different methods of cooking, diet choices, health and nutrition. Attend workshops on edible and medicinal plants, permaculture, biodynamic and organic gardening practices. Engage in theoretical and political explorations of the social and ecological implications of industrial agriculture. Discuss strategies for mobilizing against biotech and agribusiness, and promoting sustainable community-based food systems instead of global monopolies.

All workshops at the sequatchie valley institute are intentionally affordable using a sliding scale based on your income. Food exchange is available.

We ask $50 per adult, per day, which includes meals and overnight camping. Ala Carte workshops are $15 for those who can’t attend a full day. Food trade (must be approved in advance) can trim $10 per day. Children, $10/day (parents are responsible for their own child care). For food trade, please contact us quickly to discuss our needs and your potential contributions, we prefer bulk and non-perishable, in case of duplicate donations; fresh food is okay, too.


email officemanager [at] svionline [dot] org
tell us how many adults and children in your party, and the days you plan to attend
…or call us at (423) 949-5922

Food for Life 2012 — Schedule

(Schedule will evolve as we add workshops and presenters – please call if you want to be sure about a particular workshop)

Food for Life is run on Central Daylight Time.

Event Schedule

Thursday, April 19

Meet at Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga for Michael Pollan lecture

Friday,  April 20

Noon – Camping orientation and parking organization, info on sanitation, etc.
3:30 – 4:30 – Jake Watson from USDA – High Tunnels and other organic farming grants from NRDC
4:30 – 6:30 – Alan Powell – Plant walk, with discussion on medicinals afterwards
7:00 – Dinner and Vegetable Circus Show during dinner
9-10 – Group discussion on Slow Food

Saturday, April 21

9-11 Sandor Katz – Intro to Fermentation
11-12 Patrick Ironwood – Bread Making
12-1 Lunch
1-3 Circus Skills Workshop (for children and adults) with The Vegetable Circus
2-3 Trey Henson – Home Grown Chicken and Eggs
4:30-5:30 Carol Kimmons – Food Preservation and Canning
6:00 Wood Fired Pizza Party w/social time

Sunday, April 22

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Robin Fazio – Organic Grain Farming
9:00 Ashford Rosenburg from TN Aquarium – Sustainable Fisheries (for kids)
10:00 – Slow Food discussion with Trish King and farmers
11:00 – Ashford Rosenburg from TN Aquarium – Sustainable Fisheries (for adults)
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 – Patrick Ironwood – Wine and Mead
2:30-4:30 John Kimmons – Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation


Accommodations are spartan: tent camping space is available and is included in the daily event/workshop fees. If you would like hotel/motel/b&b lodging, try the following:

  • Mountain Inn & Suites — 17260 Rankin Ave, Dunlap, TN — (423) 949-2184 (10 miles from SVI, in Dunlap)
  • Acuff Country Inn — 1156 Highway 28, Jasper, TN 37347 — (423) 942-6370 (20 miles from SVI, on I-24 exit 155)

Food Donations

Learn more about SVI and Food for Life

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