Urban Agriculture Program
The Urban Agriculture Program: Overview
Hands On Nashville's Urban Agriculture Program works to create a healthier and more equitable food system. As a conduit for comprehensive education, community partnerships and volunteer engagement, this program connects individuals and communities with resources to navigate the food system to meet their unique needs.
The Urban Farm
Much of the Urban Agriculture Program's activity occurs at HON's five-acre Urban Farm in South Nashville, where volunteers are guided by HON's Urban Agriculture Program team. The Farm is a working and teaching hub for volunteers, offering 100+ volunteer opportunities to the community each year. Produce harvested from the Farm is used in our programs to give youth the opportunity to harvest, prepare, and taste healthy foods.
Hands On Nashville’s Urban Farm is a public and private partnership spearheaded by HON, The Office of the Mayor, and Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation.
at the Urban Farm
The core focus of programming at the Farm is to engage youth who live in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh foods. Check out the links below to see how we encourage exploration, discovery, and leadership around growing food and making healthy food choices.
Crop City Youth Development Program
Crop City is a farm-to-table, curriculum-based year-round youth development program that positively impacts young people’s knowledge, skills, and behaviors about healthy eating and nutrition. This free program is offered in three sessions (Spring, Summer, and Fall) and targets youth from pre-selected partner agencies to complete HON’s service and learning curriculum. During the spring session, HON has partnered with Stem Prep Academy to offer the curriculum three times each week at the school and the HON Urban Farm. For the summer session, youth meet and learn exclusively at the HON Urban Farm. For the fall session, we anticipate youth meeting at both the new Glencliff Greenhouse and the HON Urban Farm. In all instances, youth are led by Hands On Nashville's Crop City Teaching Interns.
We are currently recruiting partner organizations for Crop City: Summer Session 2016. These will run June 13-July 22, 2016. Please email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nashville School Garden Coalition
The Nashville School Garden Coalition, in partnership with Hands On Nashville, is a group of teachers, parents, community volunteers, and school garden advocates who work together to support school gardens in Nashville. Learn more about this partnership.
Get Involved at the Farm: Events & Opportunities
HON offers regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities at the Urban Farm for all ages. These opportunities are perfect for individuals or groups of up to 20.
"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."