The Fifth Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering – February 6 at Green Door Gourmet Farm

Hello all,

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.

The Fifth Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering will be Monday, February 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sylvia Ganier of Green Door Gourmet Farm has – again – offered to graciously host us for the Fifth Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering 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.

There is no registration fee, but we are saving a seat for you. If there are over 40 attendees, we will move to a larger venue. We wish to be inclusive of all farm families, but please do not allow your small children to roam unsupervised, for respect to other attendees and for liability concerns. Please RSVP to me, John Patrick, ( by February 1 so I can assist Sylvia and others to plan accordingly.

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 25-28 (John Patrick and other SSAWG attendees)
  • The downtown Nashville Farmers Market in 2016 (Tasha Kennard)
  • Update of the on-going Nashville Food Assessment, by Ken Meter, funded by the City Government (Tom Sharp, Health Department, Tasha Kennard)
  • Other Nashville Farmers markets and farms operating in 2016 (group discussion)
  • CSA offerings this year (group)
  • Update of the on-going Nashville Food Assessment, by Ken Meter, funded by the City Government (Tom Sharp, Health Department, Tasha Kennard)
  • Upcoming PickTN conference February 16-18, Franklin TN (Amy Tavalin)
  • Communication among us (Facebook, WordPress, others…) – categories, interest groups, informational centers, event calendar board, others…(Dana Deloca and YOU!)
  • NRCS study and Community Building Gleaning by Second Harvest (David Cloniger)
  • Nashville Composting (Seema Prasad of Miels Restaurant)
  • TN Extension Service updates
  • 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
    Other topics….
  • 1:00 p.m. End – attendees are welcome to mingle and converse with others afterwards
  • Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you there! Please pass the word

John Patrick
Foggy Hollow Farm