Become a Farm Partner

The Nashville Food Project is committed to a vision of vibrant community food security, in which all members of our community have the food they want and need through a just and sustainable food system. With this vision in mind, we are committed to deepening our relationship to local farms by purchasing and supporting local food.

If you’re an area farmer, here are some of the ways you can get involved with The Nashville Food Project.

Annual Bidding Process

TNFP is seeking to purchase top quality, locally grown produce from area farmers on a weekly, seasonal basis for use in our meals program. Farmers may bid to provide as many or as few products as they want from a list of TNFP’s high-use items provided in the application. Small farms, new farms, and larger or more established farms are all encouraged to apply!  All 2019 bids must be submitted by January 15th, 2019. Learn more about the process and how to apply here.

Send us a fresh sheet

We strongly encourage local farmers to send weekly fresh sheets with available produce to our kitchens! These can be as simple as the produce available, an amount, and pricing. TNFP prefers to receive these on Sunday or Monday, with a delivery occurring Wednesday through Friday, 8 am to 1 pm. Please email fresh sheets to Bianca, our Chef Director, at bianca@thenashvillefoodproject.org.

Sell us your seconds

TNFP is uniquely situated to turn crooked or blemished fruits and vegetables into nutritious meals for our community. If you are interested in selling seconds to TNFP at a discounted price, please contact Bianca, our Chef Director, at bianca@thenashvillefoodproject.org.

 

Donate your Produce

TNFP loves to accept any donations from local farms. For more information about donating your produce, please contact David Frease at davidf@thenashvillefoodproject.org or 615-460-0172. These donations can be dropped off at 5904 California Ave. Click here for tax guidance on donating food.

Arrange a gleaning

Field gleaning is another way we partner with local farms. We work with Society of St. Andrew, who organizes teams of volunteers to get the most that a field can supply even after the primary harvest is over. To arrange an on farm gleaning please contact Kelsey Miller, tn-glean@endhunger.org or 615-878-9233 and let her know you’d like to donate the harvest to TNFP.