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MEETING: Mid TN Growers – Monday, March 28, 2022

Here we go again – at last!  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 Ninth Annual Mid TN Growers Gathering will be Monday, March 28, 2022 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, info@greendoorgourmet.com.  Details on the agenda, speakers, and meal (with vegetarian options) are forthcoming.  After feeding many farm enthusiasts in the past, we will again suggest a small donation ($5.00, but not mandatory) to help offset our meal expenses.  But, we will guarantee the meal will be a wonderful entree, a vegetarian entree, and sustainable vegetables (and maybe some organic blueberry dessert something!).

Please RSVP to me, John Patrick, (johnepatrick@gmail.com) by March 23 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:

  1. 9:00 a.m.  Welcome by Sylvia
  2. 9:05 a.m.  Approval of tentative agenda
  3. PickTN conference February 17-19, Franklin TN (Amy Tavalin)
  4. The downtown Nashville Farmers Market in 2018 (Brenda Butka)
  5. Other Nashville Farmers markets operating in 2016 (group discussion)
  6. CSA offerings this year (group)
  7. Agrihood forming
  8. Communication among us (Facebook, WordPress, others…) – categories, interest groups, informational centers, event calendar board, others…(Dana Deloca and YOU!).  Last year, farmers sold some equipment and produce very quickly through our websites!
  9. Second Harvest, Nashville Food Project, and other food-related entities
  10. Nashville Composting update (Seema Prasad of Miels Restaurant)
  11. Farm to School opportunities
  12. TN Extension Service updates
  13. Food Hubs and/or food coops in Mid TN (Alan Powell)
  14. 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…?)
  15. 12:15 p.m.  Return to group session, and file ideas thoughts and opinions folks have discussed during lunch
  16. Climate smart agriculture
  17. Other topics….
  18. 1:00 p.m. End – attendees are welcome to mingle and converse with others afterwards.
  19. Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you there!  Please send this notice to other interested farmers and friends.

As always, THANKS!

John Patrick

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