The following organizations are geared to help expand your market and improve your business
Looking for an easy way to sell produce to restaurants and other wholesale buyers? Nashville Grown, a nonprofit, distributes produce on behalf of any farm or garden of any size located within 100 miles of downtown Nashville. Farms set their own prices and inventory; Nashville Grown collects orders from buyers on Mondays and Wednesdays and picks produce up from farms on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, sorting it into orders and delivering it to buyers. If you would like to participate, just send an email. Looking for land to grow on? Have extra land you’d like someone else to grow on? Check out Nashville Grown’s Urban Landshare Program to find or add land.
Pick TN Products
Farmers can be listed for free on the Pick TN Products database. They offer free marketing services for farmers and help answer questions on how to increase farming income.
Nashville Mobile Markets
A social enterprise program working through Vanderbilt that educated students, evaluates solutions to food deserts and how to provide a source of healthy foods limited access settings.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
This nonprofit works with farmers throughout the south, to provide fresh and healthy produce to hungry families, children and seniors throughout our 46 county service area. Donate your excess produce to Second Harvest or one of our partner agencies near you, sell your produce excess and seconds or participate in Plant a Row for the Hungry.
Please contact David Cloniger for more information at 615-430-3002.
REGIONAL AND NATIONAL
“America’s #1 organic and local food website. We maintain a definitive and reliable “living” public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources”. Sign up to be a part of this national registry of farms and to access forums, newsletters and products. CSAware software is available here for purchase to help manage CSAs.
Certified Naturally Grown
A non-profit running alternate farmer certification programs. “These programs minimize paperwork and certification fees and employ a peer-inspection process built on local networks.”
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture
“USDA’s National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced.”