It’s Food for Life Time Again! June 24-26

The gallery and trails will be closed to the public June 25-26 during this event.  Come join us at Food for LIfe!

FFL 2016 poster

18th Annual

Food for Life Conference

At Sequatchie Valley Institute

Near Dunlap, TN

June 24-26, 2016

 Join us for a family friendly festival about healthy food a short drive from Chattanooga, TN.  As an act of community, perched on the canyon walls of the ancient Cumberland Plateau, we will connect and open to the flow of energy that we all call food.  Most workshops will take place outdoors amid forest and gardens.  Rustic camping included!

Workshops include:

The Art of Fermentation.  Be a part of the fermentation revival! Learn to ferment healthful foods like sauerkraut, kefir, & kim chi at home.

Plant walks discovering uses of our local plants.

Health and Nutrition:  Joel Kimmons PhD, CDC    Nutritionist

Permaculture gardening & edible landscaping.

An outdoor kids’ program including adventurous eating, composting, hikes, games, theater, and more.

 Mushroom Cultivation, including shiitakes, winecaps, and more!

Food Preservation:  Canning, freezing, and drying

Cooking with wood:  Dutch ovens, wood cook stoves, and outdoor clay ovens.

Organic grain farming.

Butchering your own healthy meat.

Kitchen skills and cooking basics

Brewing—sodas, meads, wine and liqueurs

Tours of our hand-built solar homes, with emphasis on sustainable living.

Theater, live music, and delicious local food!

The program is intentionally affordable with an income-based sliding scale for the three-day event of $100-$200.  Saturday Single Pass:  $40-$100. Children under 9 yrs free, 10-16 yrs $10-$40/day. Prices include lovingly prepared nutritious meals, admission to workshops and children’s programs, and rustic camping. S.V.I. members receive a 10% discount. We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization, and proceeds help cover the costs of this and future educational event. Work trade is available.  Please contact us for details ASAP.

Local nutritious and ethically sound food trade or donations are encouraged.

You may register online and contact us at
Or call 423-949-5922/4598

S.V.I. is located between Dunlap and Whitwell, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397;


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