Mid TN Growers Fourth Annual Mid-Winter Meeting – FEB 8th
I hope you are having a good winter, either enjoying the fruits of your labor, growing, relaxing, addressing infrastructure, or curling up with a seed catalog. Before we get fully started with our spring season, please join us at a get-together to gain a little sense of community among small/sustainable farmers and friends-of-farmers in Middle Tennessee. Please send this notice to other farmers, if you will.

So, the Fourth Annual Mid-Winter will be Monday, February 8, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sylvia Ganier of Green Door Gourmet Farm has – again – offered to host us for the Fourth Annual Mid TN Growers gathering at 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 (one mile off Charlotte Pike), Phone: (615) 942-8079, info@greendoorgourmet.com. . Second Harvest (David Cloniger) has offered to prepare a meal – again – for us (maybe with a few helpers).

Please RSVP to me (john@foggyhollowfarm.net) by February 1 so I can assist Sylvia and David to plan accordingly.

Please inform me what agenda topics interest you. The agenda will be participant-driven, and will be sent approximately one week before the gathering. But, here are some tentative topics:

  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome by Sylvia
  • 9:05 a.m. Approval of agenda
  • Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group (SSAWG) recap from January 27-30 (John Patrick and other SSAWG attendees)
  • The downtown Nashville Farmers Market in 2016 (Tasha Kenard)
  • Other Nashville Farmers markets operating in 2016 (group discussion)
  • CSA offerings this year (group)
  • PickTN conference February 11-12, Knoxville TN (Amy Tavalin)
  • Communication among us (Facebook, WordPress, others…) – categories, interest groups, informational centers, event calendar board, others…(Dana Deloca and YOU.)
  • Share-a-Share 2015 recap (Jenny Vaughn)
  • Community Building Gleaning by Second Harvest (David Cloniger)
  • Nashville Composting (Seema Prasad of Miels Restaurant)
  • Rural Energy for America Program grants and loans deadline (Light Wave Solar, Grace Robertson)
  • Food Hubs and/or food coops in Mid TN ( Alan Powell)
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch (People can break out into smaller lunch groups for networking, for instance: what collaborative efforts can we initiate, what kind of organized future and actions are next, others…?)
  • 12:15 p.m. Return to group session, and file ideas thoughts and opinions folks have discussed during lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. End – attendees are welcome to mingle and converse with others afterwards

Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you there!

John Patrick
Foggy Hollow Farm