Who farms with Growing Together? How do they get connected?
Since 2014, we have worked with a small group of participants. Many were farmers in their country of origin. In the 2017 season, we will be working with 9 farmers who are transplants to the Nashville community from Burma (Myanmar) and Bhutan.
Where do you farm?
We lease 1.5 acres from Christ Lutheran Church on Haywood Lane. The address is 299 Haywood Lane and the farm is located behind the church.
Where does the money go?
Monies earned through Growing Together sales go directly to the farmers themselves. A small administrative fee is taken from select sales outlets, but every other penny earned goes back to the farmer that grew the food. Each farmer manages his or her own micro-enterprise to earn supplemental income from what he or she grows.
How does the program work?
The Growing Together Program works by providing tools and pathways to economic empowerment and skill development. Ultimately, we hope to help our farmers achieve their goals, whether that means running their own farm business down the road or providing for their families. We foster this development with some key activities and opportunities which include:
Providing urban agricultural training & technical assistance
Offering market support for different outlets including: farmers markets, community sales, and selling to restaurants
Offering trainings on entrepreneurial skill building and management of personal finances
What kind of vegetables do farmers grow?
We are often asked about the kind of vegetables that farmers grow. In addition to commonly grown crops in Nashville, like tomatoes, corn, okra, pumpkins and eggplant, farmer grow vegetables that are unique to their culture’s food.Click here (COMING SOON) for more information on the types of commonly grown crops.