Nashville Urban Farm
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Nashville Urban Farm

Nashville Urban Farm is both a small scale urban homestead and an educational outreach project managed by Chris and Katie Childs.

Our Story
After learning about the dangers of our ‘modern food system’, we realized it was time to start growing our own food. Knowing almost nothing about gardening, we decided to plant our first seed almost 7 years ago! Since that time, we have had the opportunity to learn best practices and techniques from hours of research, directly from local experts, and from our own trial and error.

Our homestead started with only a few raised garden beds and grew to a larger scale that included rain barrels, a 3 stage composting system, urban chickens, edible and medicinal herbs, wildflowers, native plants, fruit trees, brambles, strawberries, perennial vegetables, cold frames and a hoop house.

After learning these important skills for our family, we feel it is now our duty to teach others how they can grow their own food too.

How We Do It
We always practice sustainable gardening methods and never use chemicals, herbicides or pesticides of any kind. We implement a blend of permaculture, biodynamic and organic gardening techniques.

We Believe…

+Everyone should have access to fresh, organic, locally grown food.

+ The knowledge for growing your own food should be freely available and shared with the community.

+The answer to improving the ‘modern food system’ is to support local farmers and businesses that strive to make the world a better place.

+ Unused city land should be made available for community gardens which are cultivated and improved using sustainable, organic methods.

+ In giving back to local non-profits, charities and causes who are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. 

Mission
Our mission is to help support the healthy and sustainable development of Nashville through education and outreach programs, with a focus on teaching our community how to care for the earth and grow their own food.

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We feature classes and workshops taught by local experts on a wide variety of subjects including; organic gardening, composting, forest gardening, permaculture, beekeeping, raising chickens, seed saving and so much more!

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tomato

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)

Tomato plants are vines, initially decumbent, typically growing 180 cm (6 ft) or more above the ground if supported, although erect bush varieties have been bred, generally 100 cm (3 ft) tall or shorter.

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raddish

Radish (Raphanus sativus)

Radishes are a fast-growing, annual, cool-season crop. The seed germinates in three to four days in moist conditions with soil temperatures between 65 and 85 °F (18 and 29 °C). Best quality roots are obtained under moderate day lengths with air temperatures in the range 50 to 65 °F (10 to 18 °C).

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carrot

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Carrots are a biennial plant that grows a rosette of leaves in the spring and summer, while building up the stout taproot that stores large amounts of sugars to provide energy for the plant to flower in the second year.

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corn

Corn (Zea mays)

Most historians believe maize was domesticated in the Tehuacan Valley of Mexico. Recent research modified this view somewhat; scholars now indicate the adjacent Balsas River Valley of south-central Mexico as the center of domestication.

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Get In Touch

Have gardening questions? Just want to grab coffee? Send us a message, we would love to hear from you!