The Sixth Annual Mid TN Growers Meeting @ Green Door Gourmet
The Sixth Annual Mid TN Growers gathering on February 5 was the best yet! Best in attendance, in content, in attendees’ participation, and food. Of course, it was all made possible by our gracious host, Green Door Gourmet. Sylvia Ganier’s crew and their hospitality was so welcoming to over 90 attendees and made possible a wonderful exchange of information and comradery among farmers and friends-of-farmers working toward a more sustainable food system in our Mid TN.

The attendees heard from a number of their fellow neighbors of current trends, successes, and opportunities in Mid TN. Seema Prashad announced that land had finalized for the digester for food waste in Davidson County. This digester will process food waste that will produce natural gas for energy and for compost for farmers and gardeners. With 1$ million backing from TDEC, this digester is an integral piece in a more sustainable food system that potentially could divert 30 percent of food waste from our landfills. Way to go, Seema!

Tasha Kennard announced that the Nashville Farmers Market is still growing and committed to its producer-only market to local farmers. She also updated the gathering upon the food assessment conducted last year. An advisory committee, welcome to all, will be meeting March 27 to make suggestions to the Nashville city government on the next steps.

Alan Powell also had encouraging news about Nashville Grown, our regional food hub as it keeps expanding its farmers, institutions, and amount of produced handled.

As every year, there was scrumptious, local food for lunch. This was provided by Green Door Gourmet, Miel’s restaurant, the Nashville Food Project, and Foggy Hollow Farm. This was also the first year that The Compost Company provided compostable plates and utensils. A BIG thanks to all who provided and prepared this yummy meal! And, to the attendees who significantly contributed to offset the costs of the meal and for our website!!!

Thanks to all the attendees who contributed to making this a great gathering of sharing friendships, farming news, and super food. Keep it up the good efforts this year as our Mid TN sustainable food system continues to expand. You are a part of the solution.

John Patrick