Sixth Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering – Feb 5th, 2018

Sixth Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering – Feb 5th, 2018
So, the Sixth Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering will be Monday, February 5, 2017 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, . Details on the agenda, speakers, and meal (with vegetarian options) are forthcoming. After feeding over 90 farm enthusiasts last year, we will suggest a small donation (but not mandatory) to help offset our meal expenses. But, we will guarantee the meal will be a wonderful organic chicken entree, a vegetarian entree, and sustainable vegetables (and maybe some organic blueberry desert something!).

Please RSVP to me, John Patrick, ( 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 17-20 in Chattanooga (SSAWG attendees)
The downtown Nashville Farmers Market in 2018 (Tasha Kennard)
Other Nashville Farmers markets operating in 2016 (group discussion)
CSA offerings this year (group)
Upcoming PickTN conference February 15-17, Chattanooga TN (Amy Tavalin)
Communication among us (Facebook, WordPress, others…) – categories, interest groups, informational centers, event calendar board, others…(Dana Deloca and YOU!). 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-of-farmers that I missed.

John Patrick
Foggy Hollow Farm

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