About Growing Together

Farmer Growing Together, The Nashville Food Project’s market garden program, is a collective of farmers supported by The Nashville Food Project. These men and women, who arrived in the US as refugees from Bhutan and Burma, have extensive agricultural backgrounds but face significant barriers to farming. Through Growing Together, farmers gain access to land, inputs, seeds and training. The farmers earn personal income through the sale of their produce and build community food security along the way.

The Growing Together Program works by providing tools and pathways to economic empowerment and skill development. Growing Together utilizes a skills-centered, participant-driven approach in our program’s design, incorporating and building upon the experience and personal backgrounds of each farmer. We support each farmer in setting and reaching his or her individual goals by providing key activities and opportunities including:

  • Providing urban agricultural training & technical assistance

  • Offering market support for different outlets including: farmers markets, selling to restaurants, and a fall CSA

  • Providing trainings on production and market-based skill building and management of farmer records and finances

Since 2014, we have developed relationships with farmers within the Burmese and Bhutanese communities in Nashville. Many were farmers in their country of origin and participate in Growing Together as a way to utilize their extensive farming knowledge and skill sets to earn personal income.
Money earned through Growing Together sales go directly to the farmers themselves. The Nashville Food Project charges a small fee to farmers to participate in the program and to utilize TNFP-sponsored market outlets, and every other penny earned goes back to the farmer that grew the food.

Click here to learn more about the individual farmers of Growing Together!

Our Growing Practices

All of the Growing Together produce is grown in South Nashville, at a small farm off of Haywood Lane. Growing Together farmers adhere to regenerative growing practices that improve soil health and fertility and follow organic practices, only utilizing chemical inputs that adhere to OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) standards.

Vegetables You Might See

As a customer, you can expect to see many vegetables you are familiar with, like end-of-summer tomatoes and early fall greens. You can also expect to taste crops from farmers’ home countries of Burma and Bhutan, such as bitter gourd, daikon radishes, and mustard greens. Visit our website to learn more about what we grow together, with descriptions and recipe ideas for some vegetables that might seem unfamiliar!