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R esources, Organizations & Links

Working to educate faith-based communities on the issues of sustainable agriculture and energy.

American Community Gardening Association
A national nonprofit organization of supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. Community gardening improves the quality of life for people by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, and conserving resources.

American Farmland Trust
A group of farmers and conservationists concerned about the rapid loss of the nation's farmland to development, American Farmland Trust (AFT) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting our nation's strategic agricultural resources.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA website features sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events, funding opportunities, plus in-depth publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable ag activities.

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
A nonprofit social service agency that promotes self-reliance and positive life choices for children, youth and adults in Middle Tennessee by delivering and advocating quality programs and services.

Buy Local Nashville
A campaign to encourage residents to Buy Local when they are making purchases and to support the local businesses that keep our community unique and healthy.

The Center for Rural Affairs
One of the nation~s leading rural advocacy organizations working to rebuild rural America and reform federal policy.

Community Food Security Coalition
The Community Food Security Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.

Earth Matters Networks
A group of environmental and youth educators working to make a difference in the Nashville Metro community through gardening, recycling and composting projects.

Eat Well Guide
The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of thousands of family farms, restaurants, markets and other outlets that offer local, fresh and sustainable food in the United States and Canada.

Recipes, recipes and more recipes. Chef's forum and articles for food and wine lovers from the editors. A great resource for cooking, wines, and anything food related.

Farm Aid
Working to keep family farmers on their land, Farm Aid brings together family farmers and citizens to guarantee family farm food is available to you. Farm Aid's mission is to build a vibrant family-farm centered system of agriculture in America.

Food Not Bombs
The Nashville chapter of this all-volunteer organization is dedicated to nonviolent social change. The group gleans and prepares free vegetarian food for Nashville's homeless. For over 25 years the movement has worked to end hunger.

Food Routes
FoodRoutes Network is a national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems.

Future of Food
An excerpt of local farm and food info and happenings in and around Music City

Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee
A local non-profit working to bring people together to create and sustain a secure and healthy food system for Middle Tennessee, from production to consumption.

Friends of the Nashville Farmers Market
www.fnfm.org Volunteer organization providing development and support for the Nashville Farmers' Market and to enhance the Market's role as a civic resource. One of the goals is to connect and promote local and regional producers and farmers to chefs, restaurateurs, and food organizations. Also will be developing Buy Fresh Buy Local Nashville campaign.

Greener Nashville
Greener Nashville is an organization that highlights and promotes Nashville's local green movement. It provides a calendar of upcoming green events as well as a directory of green businesses and non-profits across Middle Tennessee.

Hands on Nashville
Programs, partnerships and services that maximize volunteer impact in the greater Nashville community. They offer a variety of programs and resources that empower people to make volunteering a regular part of their lives.

Local Harvest
Local Harvest hosts a national electronic directory of farms and farmer~s markets selling locally produced farm products directly to consumers.

Kids to the Country

Coalition of Middle Tennessee people from religious leaders to those in danger of hunger-who are united behind the idea that it takes more than a box of food to end hunger. Working to educate and mobilize all members of the community to attack the root causes of hunger.

Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods
The mission is to improve the quality of life in Nashville's neighborhoods through a more informed, active and involved citizenry and enhanced governmental response to community needs.
Monroe Carell, Jr. Children~s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Vanderbilt Children's Hospital was created to give children a place to hope and a place to heal. Focus is on research, education and advocacy allows to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care delivered in a nurturing, family-centered environment.

Nashville Area Community Gardens
Offers support and resources to existing and developing community garden projects. Available resources include training opportunities, assistance with garden sites location, volunteer help, and sources for compost, soil, seeds, and plants.

Nashville Originals
The Nashville Originals is a dedicated band of local restaurateurs; dedicated to the challenge of sustaining the independent restaurant as a feature and a fixture of local culture and community. Many of the members use local and seasonal ingredients on their menus.

Nashville Urban Harvest
Community group working to build a sustainable food system in Metro Nashville. Educational outreach for food justice, creating markets to support local producers, and producing food on urban green space. Projects include West Nashville Community Farm and Public Square Farmer's Market.

Nature Centers
The Metro Parks Nature Center program offers a system of four nature centers that work together across the county with a mission to provide environmental education and outdoor recreation, natural resource management, and to raise awareness, foster respect and share enthusiasm for the natural world. Each nature center has a unique interpretive theme and programmatic focus related to the individual park.

Pick Tennessee Products
Web site from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to help you find information for agriculture-related tourism activities and facilities, farms activity and events, animals and livestock, fresh and manufactured foods, flowers, trees, and plants.

Presbytery of Middle Tennessee Hunger Program
Working to feed hungry people and end hunger in our community, our nation, and our world through raising awareness, providing opportunities for response, and reaching out to those in need.

The Rural Center
An organization focused on Kentucky and Middle Tennessee dedicated to fostering the health and vitality of soil, plants, people and the planet through education, outreach and community service.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
Second Harvest's mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. The organization is a central distribution center for companies, groups, and individuals wishing to help provide food for Middle Tennessee's hungry.

Slow Food Nashville
A non-profit, eco-gastronomic organization that works to counteract the disappearance of local food traditions. Seeking to rekindle people~s interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Southern SAWG is the region's non-profit leader in creating a sustainable food and farming system. Programs and activities are aimed at helping family farms and those working to improve community food systems in the Southern region of the United States.

Tennessee Association of Craft Artists
Independent, statewide, non-profit organization to encourage, develop and promote crafts and craftspeople in Tennessee.

Tennessee Master Gardeners
The Master Gardener Program is offered by The University of Tennessee Extension. The main goal is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve quality of life with community garden/landscape programs and provide home gardeners with researched-based information.

Tennessee Organic Growers Association
Provides research and support for organic farmers and gardeners and to nurture relationships among local producers and consumers. Our goal is to educate the public regarding the connection between healthy food, organic farming, and the economic, social, and ecological benefits of supporting local growers.

The Land Trust for Tennessee
To preserve the unique character of Tennessee's natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations. But the very reason many people live in Tennessee - its rich history, green rolling hills, scenic landscapes, open farmland and rural back roads - must now actively be preserved or these precious unique characteristics will be lost.

County Extension Agents, The University of Tennessee Extension
With an office in every county, Extension brings educational programs such as 4-H and Master Gardener programs to the citizens of Tennessee. Extension is engaged in educational programs in agriculture, community resource development, nutrition, health, family issues, lawn and garden, and youth development.

Vanderbilt Center for Health Services
The Center serves disadvantaged communities in the Southeast with a variety of community service projects to support people working at the grassroots level to take control of their physical, social, political, and environmental health.