|Nashville Urban Harvest, Nashville, TN
After graduating from Cornell University’s agriculture college, Sarah co-founded Nashville Urban Harvest, a nonprofit that operates a volunteer-run farm in the heart of Tennessee’s capitol.
“Like most young people not brought up in a farm family, I thought of the hurdles of becoming a farmer as being too high and the career payback too low. In choosing agriculture as my vocation, I pursue much more than a conventional notion of farming. Each day, I am presented with a host of tasks, ranging from physical production to popular education. In my experience, the definition of farmer is expanding to include all people growing food, whether they are urban or rural, full time or part time, on a family homestead or rented plot.
“At Nashville Urban Harvest I work with an incredibly dedicated group of people practicing food justice through sustainable agriculture and education. For us, a community farm means growing good produce in collaboration with every person who expresses interest, whether or not they know how to hoe a row or mound potatoes. Nashville Urban Harvest engages volunteers, school groups and service project participants in hands-on projects and broader conversations about sustainable food production, hunger, environmental issues, and what we as individuals and a community can do to change the existing system.
“What began as an academic interest in ecology blossomed into a lifestyle that favors growing food, community building, greater self-reliance, and the creation of alternative living economies. If I wanted to consider myself an environmentalist and a socially conscious local and global citizen, I had take action to change my food system at the grassroots level. By taking the role of food production into my own hands, I can help others across generations learn to do the same.”
Visit the farm at www.NashvilleUrbanHarvest.org.