July in Tennessee can be a tough time to stay motivated to get outside and face what seems like an endless wave of weeds, bugs, and humidity. But season after season, you may find yourself being drawn back in. How do you stay motivated to keep gardening? We asked our staff to share their tips and advice on staying inspired and active in their own gardens.
Since last fall, we’ve been busy breaking ground and building infrastructure at our newest garden site in southeast Nashville - the Community Farm at Mill Ridge Park. Located in Metro Nashville's newest regional park, this community farm will be a new home to TNFP garden programs. So much planning, love and work has already been poured into this project, and we were incredibly excited to celebrate with a grand opening of the farm on Saturday!
It’s a beautiful spring day, and neighbors are gathering for garden workshop at the Wedgewood Urban Garden, an urban oasis tucked off of Wedgewood Avenue near the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Today, we’re learning about garden pests. Whether it’s aphids or caterpillar worms, many gardeners can relate to pest problems. At TNFP gardens, we’re using and encouraging an approach to natural pest control called Integrated Pest Management…
Since gardeners and farmers growing in many spaces can utilize and benefit from starting seeds indoors, we thought we’d share some of the tips and tricks the Growing Together farmers and staff of The Nashville Food Project use to grow the healthiest transplants!
Last month the Growing Together program hit the road on a research mission, AKA, a field trip! We arrived at the Rocky Glade Farm in Eagleville, Tennessee on a cold and rainy Tuesday morning. The operation is 50 acres and even in February, it was a bustling place…
Last week the Growing Together farmers hosted a visitor at their weekly training - Jessica Benefield, chef and partner at Two Ten Jack and The Green Pheasant. Jessica and her husband, Trey Burnett, were some of the first chefs to seek out and maintain a consistent relationship with Growing Together.
We were so grateful to read this INSPIRED article "Hey Thanks, Nashville Food Project" in this week's Nashville Scene. Each Scene editor was asked to write a thank you letter to a person, place or organization in Nashville. The Scene's culture editor, Erica Ciccarone, was a community gardener with TNFP at Wedgewood Urban Gardens this summer…
TNFP garden intern, Sarah Tolbert, reflects on how a book and a garden, though seemingly unbridgeable, altered the course of her thinking and life.
Summer in the garden is one of my favorite times of the year. So many elements in the garden space are in constant motion and work together like a symphony creating the natural rhythms and harmonies of the season.
Walking into the Wedgewood Urban Garden feels a little magical. Surrounded by herbs, flowers, tomato plants and art created by local artists. It is a space where volunteers gather, where gardeners celebrate, and where people and plants grow. Recently a new feature has been added to the lower herb garden -- thirteen meticulously made, porcelain mosaic stepping stones.
Jasmyn Alvarez, a Wedgewood Community Gardener, reflects on her first growing season in a community garden. She shares information about her goals, how she used the square foot garden method to achieve them, and the results of her efforts.
This spring, staff from local garden care company, The Weeding Woman, led TNFP's garden staff in a workshop on... you guessed it... weeds! Our Production Garden Assistant, Jacob Siegler, reflects on the experience.
Just as a garden feels constantly in motion, so too is the Growing Together program itself evolving and growing. This year our program has exciting news to share -- the Growing Together farmers will be growing for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for the first time!
Bridget grew up helping her grandfather in his garden, harvesting black eyed peas and picking flowers with her grandmother. But her community garden plot with TNFP was the first growing space that she was able to call her own, where she’s learned lessons from the garden are lessons for life!
Though the days are short and the winter air is cold, TNFP garden participants are busy planning and training for the season ahead. Regular garden trainings with our Community Garden and Growing Together programs provides space for learning and knowledge-sharing.
Every fall, when we start to feel that first nip in the air, it signals that it’s time to close our summer gardens. It’s a time we look forward to around here, a time when we get our creative juices flowing to come with new ways to save and use what’s left in our gardens.
We often say that food has the power to transform lives, and we see this so clearly in our Growing Together program. Growing Together is The Nashville Food Project’s agricultural micro-enterprise training program. Through it, we work to expand farming access and opportunity to a group of growers who are originally from Burma and Bhutan.
The Nashville Food Project has been proud to call ourselves a full circle organization in the past. We grow, cook and share food in a way where each of our programs nurture and sustain each other and our mission. However recent events have led us to wonder if we have limited ourselves in speaking this way and if actually what we are growing into is a vibrant and resilient food web…
On an unseasonably hot and sunny day in April, I stand in the aisle between two newly shaped beds of a Growing Together farmer. We’ve been spending the last two weeks attempting to till the soil, but have been successfully thwarted by erratic weather that left the earth too wet to till…