Slow Food Middle Tennessee has chosen the winners of its Community Enrichment Grant program announced in the fall of 2017. The grants, intended for food-related entities whose work embodies the Slow Food mission of good, clean and fair food for all, have been awarded to four local organizations that meet a clear community need, represent diverse peoples and organization types and those who will efficiently use the funds.

The grant recipients include:

  • Blossom Award ($1000) given to Trap Garden to purchase equipment for a new community garden located in a community with limited access to fresh and affordable food. A portion of the funds will also be allocated to an educational program offered through the garden to teach community members about the foundation of growing and management of the garden site.
  • Sprout Award ($500) given to Gigamunch for refrigerators to expand their operation by 25%.
  • Seed Award ($250) given to BELL Garden (Bellevue Edible Learning Lab) for greenhouse supplies and equipment.
  • Seed Award ($250) given to Women Farmers of Middle Tennessee Steering Committee to fund a new mentorship program pairing experienced female farmers with beginning female farmers. The goals of this group are to support women farmers through social and educational events, shared fundraising and marketing, and community support.

To raise money for these grants, our nonprofit held fundraisers throughout the year with various community partners and events, including the chapter’s kick-off party. We would especially like to thank the following sponsors and donors: 

Chef Bryan Weaver of Butcher & Bee, Nashville
Chef Jason Zygmont of Treehouse
Chef Tony Galzin and Nicky’s Coal Fired Pizza
Chef Vivek Surti of VEA Supper Club
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville
Luke Sands
Nashville Farmers Market

We would also like to thank Bread & Butter Public Relations for their work on our behalf.

Applications were accepted via the SFMTN website through the end of December, and local board members met to determine allocation of the grants in early January. The organization received seventeen applications, ranging from farmers, to community and school garden leaders, small business owners, farmers market coordinators, and more.