Local Farm Annual Bidding Process

In an effort to expand TNFP’s investment in our local food system and the health of our community, we are seeking to purchase highest-quality, locally-grown produce from area farmers on a weekly, seasonal basis for inclusion in our meals program.

2019 Bidding Procedure and Timeline

Farmers may bid on as many or as few crops as they want from the list of TNFP’s high-use items provided in the application. All bids must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM January 15th, 2019. After review, TNFP will award bids and implement purchasing agreements with farmers. Bids are scheduled to be awarded on or before February 1st, 2019. If a farmer is not awarded a bid, they are still encouraged to provide weekly “fresh sheets” to TNFP for opportunity buys of produce.

Farmers who are interested can apply to TNFP for an advance of up to 25% of their expected net payment for the current growing season. Seed money will be awarded at TNFP’s discretion.

How to Apply

Click here to download a copy of the application, which includes more detail on expectations and criteria, submission options, and a produce list. This can be edited electronically in Adobe, or it can be printed and hand-written.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Kitchen Operations, Bill Claypool at bill@thenashvillefoodproject.org.