June 15, 2009
The official Nashville premiere of Food, Inc. will be on Friday, June 26th, at The Belcourt Theatre. Following the 7PM screening, a group of panelists will discuss the film with the audience – including the issues of agricultural justice, ethics, sustainable meat production, food security and access, and some of the myriad ways in which our local communities can respond to the far-reaching effects of the food system we have created.
UPDATE: The film has been extended to run at The Belcourt through July 16
March 27, 2009
As the number of CSA choices in Middle Tennessee expands, selecting a CSA can become increasingly complicated. This map should prove to be helpful in simplifying the selection process. It provides the days, times and locations for Delivery/Pick-up of CSA shares from various Nashville area farms.
February 17, 2009
Farms with CSAs and direct sales serving Middle Tennesse are actively signing up shareholders for the upcoming ’09 Spring/Summer/Fall season harvest(s). Most have a limited number of shares available. Based on the exploding interest in fresh, healthy, locally grown food in the area, many of these CSAs will fill up quickly.
Visit the Nashville Area CSA page now to find a farm that meets your needs.
July 6, 2008
Efforts by local real estate developers to create “May Town Center,” a proposed $4 billion office, retail and residential project on 500 acres in the Bell’s Bend area west of Nashville, have been met by an organized, growing, and well-articulated “3rd Vision”:
“Like the far-sighted thinking in our own city that produced Shelby, Centennial, Radnor Lake and Warner Parks, this last remaining area of working farms, upland trails, waterways, and wildlife in Nashville’s Bells Bend ought to be saved – not only for the enjoyment of future generations, but also for the well-rounded planning of a great city.”
The mission of the efforts to “Save Bell’s Bend” is:
“To promote and protect the rural character of the Beaman to Bells Bend Corridor by establishing an outdoor recreational, agricultural and residential district that serves as a county, state and regional planning model for open space preservation.”
One component of the vision entails
“…an agricultural center for producing local, organic vegetables, fruits, dairy and meats for Nashville’s schools, groceries and restaurants; community gardens; demonstration farms for school children and other visitors…”
If you are inclined to support the conservation efforts, consider writing to your Council Member(s), as well as the members of the Metro Planning Commission, and attending the upcoming Planning Commission meeting on July 24, 2008.
The growing controversy of Bell’s Bend is the topic of the Nashville Scene’s July 10th cover story.
See for yourself why it would be a tragedy if the Bell’s Bend area gets “redeveloped.”
May 12, 2008
Enjoy a weekend of camping, fun, music and meandering through the beauty of Long Hungry Creek Farm, Tennessee’s largest and oldest organic farm, located in Red Boiling Springs.
This year’s event is the 32nd annual celebration of the Summer Solstice at the farm.
The Belle Meade Plantation Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. James Gardner, of Gardner Grove, is the market coordinator.
Organically grown heirloom produce, free-range eggs, and local honey are featured every week. Strawberries are available right now. Blueberries, heirloom blackberries & raspberries will be available in season.
The Belle Meade Plantation is located at 5025 Harding Rd., in Belle Meade.
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February 9, 2008
The Tennessee Organic Growers Association (TOGA) is holding its 4th annual conference on Saturday, March 15, 2008 on the campus if Tennessee State University.
Eliot Coleman, an expert organic grower, author, and advocate for organic and sustainable farming practices, is the day’s featured speaker. In addition to Mr. Coleman’s keynote address, a complete lineup of workshops and presentations round out the event.
TOGA’s mission is to provide research and support for organic farmers and gardeners and to nurture relationships among local producers and consumers. The goal is to educate the public regarding the connection between healthy food, organic farming, and the economic, social, and ecological benefits of supporting local growers.
More info here
Explore issues and answers related to the Middle Tennessee food system, our community, and our health by joining together with community members, farmers, national experts, and local leaders.
This free community event, the first of its kind in Tennessee, will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 16, 2008, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville. It is hosted by the Food Security Partners of Tennessee, a project of the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies. More info here
August 20, 2007
Recent article in The Tennessean.