secondHarvestThis Third Annual Mid-Winter get-together of small, sustainable farmers and friends-of-farmers in Middle Tennessee will be Monday, February 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee 331 Great Circle Rd. Nashville 37228. We have already received 30 plus RSVPs — Thank You! If you haven’t already, please RSVP asap to me, so Second Harvest can plan accordingly. Also, please forward to interested parties you may know.




This is the latest agenda (tentative and ever-developing) for the mid-winter gathering of Middle Tennessee farmers and ‘friends of farmers’. Please send your topics for inclusion.

      9:00 a.m. Welcome by Second Harvest

    9:05 a.m. Approval of agenda
    Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group (SSAWG) recap
    Food assessment proposal in Middle Tennessee (Jeremy Barlow, Tifinie Capehart)
    The Nashville Farmers Market in 2015 (Tasha Kenard)
    Nashville Farmers markets operating in 2015
    Communication among us (Facebook, WordPress, others…) – categories, interest groups, informational centers, event calendar board, others…)
    Share-a-Share initiative 2015 and 2014 recap
    Community Building Gleaning by Second Harvest – David Cloniger
    Sustainable Poultry Network in Mid TN recap and the year ahead
    Rural Energy for America Program grants and loans deadline 4-30-15 (Light Wave Solar, Grace Robertson)
    Food Hubs and/or food coops in Mid TN

    11:30 a.m. Lunch (People can break out into smaller lunch groups for discussion, 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

And one other great offering that will be graciously provided to us by Second Harvest is a February-farm-style lunch, including heritage chicken and/or vegetarian options!