Urban Agriculture Program

The Urban Agriculture Program

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 Hands On Nashville'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.

Youth Programming
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. 

Urban Agriculture Internship Teaching Track
Crop City

Crop City Youth Development Program

Crop City is a 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. 

We are currently recruiting partner organizations for Crop City: Summer Session 2016. These will run June 13-July 22, 2016. Please email Sally at srausch@hon.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 


Hands On Nashville offers regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities at the Urban Farm for all ages. These opportunities are perfect for individuals or groups of up to 20. 

No experience is necessary! Our Urban Agriculture Program Team will provide guidance and tools. Please bring a reusable water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather. Wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Hats are helpful!

Urban Agriculture Projects


Urban Agriculture Leader


"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses." 

                                                                                   ~Hanna Rion