Nashville refugee farmers grow food for Bonnaroo
As the sun sets on the first day of Bonnaroo, golden rays filter through the thatched-roof pergola in front of the Solar Stage and fall onto a farm-to-table feast.
Festivalgoers of all varieties sit together at a table as long as a football field and dine on daikon radish — a long, white root vegetable — shaved and put in a salad. They enjoy bright green arugula and dill married together in a buttermilk slaw garnish for Benton’s pulled pork and barbecue Anson Mills peas. And, with a shared meal, they create community through food.
This is the annual Bonnaroots dinner gathering, created to celebrate seasonal produce, support local farmers and help to fight global hunger.
The dinner is in its third year, but it’s the first year that it features produce — radish, arugula and dill — from Growing Together, a refugee agriculture program with 10 farmers from Bhutan and Burma off Haywood Lane in South Nashville.