At Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, we are inspired by the resurgence of small farmers in Middle & West Tennessee. However, many people in poverty have no way of accessing the nutritious food being grown on farms around them. We’re working to connect local farmers, community volunteers and those struggling with hunger to create a more food-secure environment for all.
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You can help by volunteering your time. Harvesting can be a time-consuming task for small farmers. We’ve developed an innovative program that will benefit local farmers while increasing access to local, sustainable food to all.

Volunteers will help grow and harvest the crop to be distributed at local food pantries and agencies. As a volunteer, we will provide you with the skills and knowledge of how to raise food as a community.

 

  • Get a first-hand look at where our food comes from
  • Build your understanding of valuable local food resources
  • Reduce food waste
  • Ensure access to nutritious food to all
  • Provide much needed assistance to small farmers

 

No prior training or farming experience is required.
You can sign up for a Farm to Families shift by clicking on the applicable link below or visit our website here to view the full job description and other volunteer opportunities. If you have any further questions, please email us at volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org.

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"I’ll never forget having the chance one sunny morning to pick beautiful bell peppers for Second Harvest that otherwise would have been plowed over to make room for other crops. Then, I witnessed those same peppers go home the next day with children in an after-school enrichment program, allowing these kids more access to fresh, healthy vegetables," Volunteer.

farm in the cityFarm in the City

Pearl Street, Nashville, TN 37203

Farm in the City opened in 2010 in an open green space in downtown Nashville, on property owned by Metro Development and Housing Agency, in sight of the State Capitol and Interstate 40. Individuals rent raised garden beds for a year at a time for a small fee, and many gardeners enjoy fresh, healthy food by growing seasonal vegetables all year.

Since the community garden was established by MDHA, individuals and families from the adjacent J. Henry Hale community and the wider Nashville community — people from diverse backgrounds and interests — have come together around a common purpose, gardening.

Land-Trust-Logo-ColorGlen Leven Farm

South Nashville 
4000 Franklin Pike,
Nashville, TN 37204

Glen Leven Farm is a working 65-acre farm just four miles from the center of downtown Nashville. When you cross Franklin Pike on Thompson Lane, you are at the original northern edge of the property on a road named for the family who owned Glen Leven Farm. The historic landscape was given to The Land Trust by Susan M. West, a descendant of Nashville settler Thomas Thompson who came to Nashville with James Robertson in the late 1780s.

The Farming Operation Includes:

  • An heirloom garden planted and maintained by Executive Chef Tyler Brown for Double H Farms – The Hermitage Hotel’s Sustainable Farming Project
  • A honeybee sanctuary maintained by volunteers
  • An education garden planted and maintained by The Land Trust for Tennessee
  • A rotational cattle grazing system managed by GL Shorthorns
  • Hops grown by Jackalope Brewery

 

byfaithfarmBy Faith Farm

Whites Creek
7721 Whites Creek Pike
Joelton, TN 37080

By Faith Farm is dedicated to producing the highest quality local food for Nashville and the surrounding areas and providing a healthy food source for many local disadvantaged people through area hunger relief agencies. They do not use any chemicals or pesticides and they let the natural processes of the earth encourage crops to yield bountifully. The farm is a labor of love and spiritual guidance to provide fresh food to local charities and to provide a place to work and grow spiritually by having youth work camps and activities.

logoGreen Door Gourmet

West Nashville
7011 River Road Pike,
Nashville, TN 37209

Green Door Gourmet is a unique farm to fork venture that produces and provides local artisan foods and plants in a farm-cooperative community setting. Green Door Gourmet is located within Hidden Valley Farm on River Road in Nashville, TN, less than 2 miles west of Interstate 40, and less than 10 minutes from downtown Nashville. Hidden Valley Farm also serves as the perfect spot for agri-tourism and special farm events. They have hosted events ranging from small picnics and receptions up to a BBQ for 1000 people!

Green Door Gourmet grows up to 80 varieties of herbs and flowers, and a wide assortment of fresh produce grown using natural methods which follow an organic holistic model. Green Door Gourmet has a Farm Store, CSA veggies, CSA flowers, field trips, and event hosting.

 

TheGivingGardenGiving Garden

Franklin Fumc
120 Aldersgate Way
Franklin, TN 37068

The Garden Ministry was formed in 2009, after Franklin First United Methodist Church acquired 107 acres of land to build a new campus. Since 2010, the Giving Garden has routinely harvested over 25,000 pounds of annual produce, all of which is donated and delivered to more than 20 local partner organizations, such as Graceworks, 61st Avenue United Methodist and Meals on Wheels. The Giving Garden feeds hundreds of people in the local community who do not have the financial means to purchase healthy produce.

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