Seventh Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering – Feb 4, 2019

Hi all,

I hope you are having another cozy 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 for the coming year among small/sustainable farmers and friends-of-farmers in Middle Tennessee.

So, the Seventh Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering will be Monday, February 4, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sylvia Ganier of Green Door Gourmet Farm has – again – offered to graciously host us at 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 (one mile off Charlotte Pike), Phone: (615) 942-8079, info@greendoorgourmet.com. . Details on the agenda, speakers, and meal (with vegetarian options) are forthcoming. After feeding over 90 farm enthusiasts last year, we will again suggest a small donation ($5.00 (cash only – no credit cards please), but not mandatory) to help offset our meal expenses. We will guarantee the yummy meal will offer a meat entree, a vegetarian entree, and sustainable vegetables.

Please RSVP to me, John Patrick, (john@foggyhollowfarm.net) by February 1 so I can assist Sylvia and others to plan accordingly. There is no registration fee.

Please inform me what agenda topics interest you, and in what order. 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 tentative agenda
2017 Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group (SSAWG) recap from January 23-26 in Little Rock (SSAWG attendees)
Upcoming PickTN conference February 21-23, Franklin TN (Amy Tavalin)
Farm Bill recap
Agri-tourism topic (Al Ganier)
The downtown Nashville Farmers Market in 2018 (Tasha Kennard)
Other Nashville Farmers markets operating in 2016 (group discussion)
CSA offerings this year (group)
Communication among us (Facebook, WordPress, others…) – categories, interest groups, informational centers, event calendar board, others…(Dana Deloca and YOU!). Last year, farmers sold some equipment and produce very quickly through our websites!
Second Harvest, Nashville Food Project, and other food-related entities
Nashville Composting update (Seema Prasad of Miels Restaurant)
TN Extension Service updates
Rural Energy for America Program grants and loans deadline (Light Wave Solar, Grace Robertson). This is becoming even more so another source of farm income.
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
Other topics….
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! Please send this notice to other interested farmers and friends.

As always, THANKS for being farmers and friends of farmers!

John Patrick
Foggy Hollow Farm
615-876-0899