Community Kitchen 

A licensed and properly equipped community kitchen featuring programming for the promotion of culinary education, shared meal preparation, and value-added production.

The Community Kitchen Class at Memphis Tilth HQ in partnership with Advance Memphis and funded by the Tennessee Department of Health, Project Diabetes Grant.

The Community Kitchen Class elective will improve awareness of healthy eating practices to further encourage the purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables.


1.To reduce the incidence of overweight, obesity, pre-diabetes and/ordiabetes in TN

2.Increase access to healthy food options

3.Increase affordability of healthy food options

4.Increase awareness of healthy eating practices

Focusing on Memphis and 38126

  • Memphis is the most obese large city in America (over 1 million people)

  • Leading causes of death and disability: heart disease and stroke

  • 38126: Median income is $13,667 and 74% of families live below the poverty line

  • Significant barriers to access to purchase and consume healthy foods

  • Lack of full-service grocery stores

  • Lack of knowledge of healthy eating

  • Lack of affordable and quality produce options

  • Lack of basic kitchen equipment

Garden and Kitchen Elective: A Strategic Partnership with Advance Memphis

The purpose of the elective is to:

•Promote physical activity by engaging the St. Paul garden and garden activities

•Enhance the physical and built environment through the care and cultivation of the St. Paul garden

•Encourage practices that recognize and reduce overconsumption of unhealthy food and beverage options and to make healthy food and beverage options more readily available

•Increase participant knowledge and confidence in engaging and performing garden/growing-related activities

•Increase familiarity and recognition of local fruits and vegetables through exposure

•Empower participants with the confidence to prepare food for the purpose of increased fruit and vegetable intake 

Garden-to-Table Memphis is a cookbook created by the students and instructors of Memphis Tilth's Garden and Kitchen Elective. The cookbook features seasonal, garden-to-table recipes that are healthy and easy to prepare.