Project Grow

The Nashville Food Project believes that creating deeper connections to the food we eat helps ensure a healthier and more food-secure city for all. One of the ways we do that is through a plant subscription service during the spring and summer months, following a CSA (community supported agriculture) model. Project Grow allows subscribers to purchase a share of plants ready to be transplanted into their own home gardens at specific dates throughout the season.   

Project Grow is our 3-part plant subscription service. WE will grow locally adapted, seasonally appropriate vegetable plants ready to be transplanted into YOUR spring and summer garden. YOU will pick up your box of ready-to-plant vegetables, herbs and flowers at our greenhouse on 3 dates throughout the spring and early summer. These plants will be grown from organic and heirloom seed, in our own blended potting mix with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and will come with recommendations for plant spacings. For a sample of what you might expect in your box of plants, click here for a list of last year's plants.

In 2017, we are offering a limited number of plant shares at $125 each. These will quickly sell out! Pick-ups will be at our office (3605 Hillsboro Pike, 37215) on Thursday evenings from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. We will have three pick-up dates corresponding to an early-spring, late-spring, and summer garden. The vegetables, herbs and flowers at each pick-up will be ready to plant at that time, based on what is seasonally appropriate. Pick-up dates and times are:

  • Early Spring: March 23, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Late Spring: April 20, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Summer: May 11, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2017 Project Grow subscriptions are now available!

We want to support a culture of local food production in our city. Growing your own garden will change the way you think about and interact with food. All the same, we recognize that starting a garden—especially from seed—is hard and time-consuming work. Our recently expanded greenhouse and combined years of growing experience allow us to provide healthy plants, adapted to our local climatic conditions, at a great value to you.

Connect with other Project Growers to share tips and ask questions on our Facebook event. Click here to join now.



Still have questions? Start here:  

What makes your plants different from what I can buy at the store?

Our seeds are sown in soil blocks instead of plastic pots, so there is zero waste. Many of our plant starts include heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. We use no synthetic fertilizers and sow all our seeds in a living soil mix.

Are these plants organic?

We are not certified organic because of our small scale, but we follow organic methods in everything we do.

What do I do with the box of plants when I get home?

Plant them as soon as possible. Take all measures to keep them from getting too hot or too cold. If you can’t plant them until the weekend, water once a day.

What if I can’t make one of the pick-up dates? Can I come by the next week?

Plant shares must be picked up on the scheduled dates. If you are unable to make a pick up, you may arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick up for you. You may also donate your share to another gardener.

If I don’t like zucchini, can I order more tomatoes instead?

Unfortunately, we can’t do custom ordering. Maybe you can swap plants with another subscriber, or give the zucchini plant to a friend who might love to have it.  

How come I do not see beans, carrots or my other favorite vegetables on the list of what is available?

Some plants, such as beans and carrots, just don’t like to be transplanted. They prefer to be started by seed directly in the garden where they will grow. We hope that you will see this plant subscription service as a starting point for your garden and will explore on your own the varieties that we don’t provide.

I have a very small/big garden, can I order a half/double share?

We know that one size doesn’t fit all. If this is too many plants for you, please share them with your neighbors and friends or go in on a single share with them. You are more than welcome to order a double share for twice as many plants!

How much garden space do I need for the plants I am buying?

That’s a hard question to answer, as it will really depend on your specific planting conditions. We believe a garden area that is 15’ by 15’ could accommodate these plants, although a larger plot would reduce the risk of crowding.

I have never started a garden before, but am really excited about growing this year with you. Do you have any resources to help me?

The best way to learn how we do things is to volunteer in our gardens.  We also highly recommend the book “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast” by Ira Wallace.

I want to participate but it is hard for me to come up with the cost for this all at once. Are there other options?

We will happily work with you and do our best to meet you where you are financially. Please email us at teri@thenashvillefoodproject.org if you’re in this boat. There may be options that include a work trade or payment plan.

Can you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee that you can kill your plants if they are not properly cared for! We will provide you with the healthiest plants we can, but offer no guarantee against bad weather, poor planting practices or other acts of God.

Other questions?

Email us at info@thenashvillefoodproject.org.