Spring is a time of renewal and expectation.

Over 10 years ago, Marne Duke, Jennifer Hagen-Dier, Scott Weiss and I met together at Southern SAWG and thought about ways we could help effect change in our local farming and food community. Since the first issue came out in the fall of 1997, Local Table Magazine helped coalesce our growing food movement. We've spotlighted farmers, people and organizations in our community doing good things for others, dealing with food insecurity and saving green space. We've featured innovative artisan food producers and entrepreneurs; written about restaurants going the extra step and sourcing from local farmers and producers; shared tips for visiting Tennessee towns and hamlets and food and agriculture-related festivals unique to our area; and so much more!

However, it's time for a change.

Spring seems to be happening early this year. The turn of the sun always makes my heart beat a bit faster as I work on getting my garden ready, smell the freshly turned dirt, get my seed box in order and wait for the return of my favorite garden companion - the hummingbird! It's a rush of new beginnings, fresh starts and a multitude of re-dos. Soon our pastures will have new babies jumping and kicking up their heels. There is so much to be excited about in our little hollow.

There are also some changes coming to Local Table! Keep your eyes and ears peeled for news of our upcoming endeavor! No need to worry â we will continue to be THE source for connecting Middle Tennessee consumers with area farms and those supporting our local food system. Stay tuned!!! A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.~Welsh Proverb

Lisa Shively