Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Landsharing Map by Nashville Grown

Sarah Johnson at Nashville Grown is developing a landsharing map to help connect Nashville property owners and committed growers seeking land. The Nashville Farm and Garden Finder contains cute little animal icons indicating properties that landowners have registered to make available for others to cultivate. Interested growers can reach out to Sarah for owners' contact details.

Many of us and our friends have unused corners in our properties that we would love to see filled with lush gardens, but we might not have the time, resources, or know-how to bring our visions to fruition. By making these spaces available to dedicated and knowledgeable cultivators, we support a system that will create a positive change in the way food is produced and consumed in Nashville. And, we might learn a lot in the meantime!

For inspiration and to see how a large-scale landshare operation is turning out in the United Kingdom, check out Since 2009, this organization has connected over 55,000 growers, sharers, and helpers and helped to develop a thriving growing community. Amazing.

If you or anyone you know is interested in offering land up for cultivation, please fill out the form posted on Nashville Grown's landshare page. And remember - a surprising amount of food can grow in small spaces. One of the current listings on the landshare map is only 1/20th of an acre.  And of course, if you are on the lookout for land to cultivate, contact Sarah about the current properties and check back often for additional opportunities.

Please help us to spread this map's visibility around the Nashville community. The people at Nashville Grown and ENCM will be happy to discuss your questions, concerns, and ideas.

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