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CBU Hosts 4th Annual Mid-South Farm To Table Conference

Christian Brothers University is proud to be the host for the 4th annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference. Established in 2011, the conference is designed to provide a forum for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and other local food stakeholders to discuss ideas for developing the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South.  Our vision is one of a thriving local food system that 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.

This year we welcome a number of farmers, policy advocates, and scholars from across the region to discuss topics including, but not limited to, urban homesteading, mushroom cultivation, faith-based food justice initiatives, and the role universities can play in building sustainable local food systems. This year’s keynote speakers are Nat Turner, founder of Our School at Blair Grocery in New Orleans; and Miles McMath, Director of Culinary Operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Nat Turner was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Carleton College. After working on his PhD in the Politics of Representation for seven years at Emory University he relocated to New York City and taught at the Beacon School for seven years. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the school organized countless reconstruction brigades to New Orleans. In 2008, Turner left New York City to found Our School at Blair Grocery in the Lower Ninth Ward with the mission of creating a resource rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development. This entails teaching young people how to grow enough food to create food security for the Lower Ninth Ward, sell food to the restaurants in the French Quarter to help finance the project and its expansion and engage youth and our adult neighbors in conversations about why this work is important to the future development of the neighborhood.

Chef Miles McMath has been the owner of three successful restaurants, and has recorded over 100 cooking segments for local television show Mid South Living, where he appeared weekly for four years. He also appeared on the Food Network’s Simon Super Chefs Live and is a five-time Gold Medal winner in National American Culinary Federation (ACF) competitions.

Today, Miles maintains the garden at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he is Director of Culinary Operations. “St. Jude has given me the opportunity to incorporate all of my experiences into one for the benefit of the patients, families and employees at St. Jude,” he says. “We have a garden that produces everything from mushrooms, lettuce and asparagus, as well as compost from our kitchen and worm beds.”

FEBRUARY 4, 2014

8:00 am – 5:30pm


Price includes breakfast, lunch, and evening reception.

Visit to purchase tickets.

Students can contact Sean MacInnes ( for a special rate.

Posted by Devon Wade at 3:05 PM