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May 12, 2014 by communityfoodadvocates

Summer is around the corner, and we know what that means…lots of positive vibes and activities to come! With longer days and energy to spare, get involved with fellow community members to support sustainable food projects in Nashville. Did you know that current research reveals that on average, produce travels more than 1,500 miles from farm to your table? Consider this research about the advantages of eating locally grown foods by the Harvard School of Public Health:

Even when the highest post-harvest handling standards are met, food grown far away that spends significant time on the road has more time to lose nutrients before reaching the marketplace. 

Farmers growing for a local (and especially a direct) market favor taste, nutrition and diversity over shipability when choosing varieties. Greater crop diversity from the farmer means greater nutritional diversity for the eater.

In direct and local markets, produce is usually sold within 24 hours after harvest at its peak freshness and ripeness, making consuming them a more attractive prospect. During this short time and distance, produce is likely handled by fewer people, decreasing potential for damage. Minimizing transportation and processing can ensure maximum freshness and flavor, and nutrient retention.”

To sum it up, eating locally grown foods not only supports the Nashville economy, but it also assures that you get more nutrients and bang for your buck!

This month we will hear from two organizations who are working to make eating fresh, local produce a part of Nashville’s culture.

Get a sneak peek of what Community Food Hive’s David Cloniger has to say about the organization’s project called “Share a Share”:

If you had only one sentence to describe your project to others, what would you say?

This project supports small sustainable farmers within 100 miles of Nashville distributing locally grown produce to food insecure neighborhoods through community supported agriculture.

Specific story (perhaps something that you found inspiring) from your organization/project?

When presenting the project idea to the Bordeaux Civic Association one evening, we were surprised and inspired by how many of the community leaders were interested in becoming full-fledged Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)members.  They see the value in CSAs, they just were not aware of their existence.  Their interest pushed us above and beyond the scope of our project and helped us to see how we can broaden our mission to serve not only the food insecure but those who just haven’t heard of CSAs yet.

What is your overall dream, hope or goal for your project?

That anyone can access locally grown food despite financial barriers and that small farmers and the community as a whole will become stronger through broader and more diverse participation in CSA programs.

Lastly, how many families or individuals (estimate) does your project/program currently reach and how many would you ideally like to reach?

This year we will likely serve 20-25 families.  We hope to grow slowly but steadily to be able to offer this to other food insecure neighborhoods in both urban and rural areas.

Our second presenter, Alice from Fervent Assistance to Survivors for Healthy Adjustments (FASHA Inc), will be discussing its latest project, Paragon Urban Farm Project. Get a preview of this exciting project below:

If you had only one sentence to describe your project to others, what would you say?

We want to create a farm that provides healthy, locally grown, organic food, while providing space for outdoor activities for the community targeting refugees and immigrants.

Specific story (perhaps something that you found inspiring) from your organization/project? 

As our story indicates, one thing is for sure: to succeed is to persist. Many times we came close to launching our project, encountered obstacles that halted our efforts, rending us back to square one. But because of our tenacity and zeal, we continue to work towards our motto of: grow a garden, grow a community. The idea of creating a project that provides fresh vegetables while building a community keeps us inspired and ready to work each day to make that idea a reality.

What is your overall dream, hope or goal for your project?
Our dream is to cultivate and mentor a community of entrepreneurs in urban agriculture.

How many families or individuals (estimate) does your project/program currently reach and how many would you ideally like to reach?

Currently we reach about 10 families, but we would like to grow that to 100 families.

To learn more about the project visit:

http://fashaurbangarden.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/the-dream-our-urban-farm-initiative/

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