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Gardening For Good

Farm in the City 2021 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Farm in the City 2021

Tammy Algood visits the community garden near downtown Nashville known as Farm in the City. Established in 2010 by Metro Development and Housing Agency, it offers more than 50 raised beds that are open to residents of the J. Henry Hale Apartments as well as the greater community. While this spot didn't start with good soil, there is a concentrated effort to build good soil which supports a food forest and orchard.

Freia Farm: Small Intensive Agriculture Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Freia Farm: Small Intensive Agriculture Farm

An enthusiastic pair of young farmers focus on building the soil, knowing it will pay off year after year. There's is a no till farm. Their market garden business practice wants to be very accessible and affordable. They have chosen a more flexible business model than a traditional member-based, weekly delivery CSA.

Episode 3003 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden Diversity

Jeff Poppen visits the Pegram Community Garden to learn about the diversity of crops in the many raised beds, and the diversity in the talents and contributions of the community members who grow here.

Homeowner Responsibilities toward Healthy Waterways on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Homeowner Responsibilities toward Healthy Waterways

Julie Berbiglia talks with Ryan Jackwood, Director of Watershed Science & Restoration about what the positive impact that a mindful homeowner can have on our waterways. From lawn care choices, garden fertilizers and even washing your car - all can be done in a way that is more environmentally friendly.

Cul2Vate on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Julie Berbiglia visits the Cul2Vate farm in Nashville TN. This non-profit seeks to feed the hungry by growing food and growing people. First, Cul2vate grows and delivers fresh, nutritional local produce to those in need. Second, Cul2vate offers assistance to those in need of a second chance through job readiness, life skills, and business training with the goal of helping individuals find full-time employment.

Drake's Cove Community Trail on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Drake’s Cove Community Trail

There was a sizeable parcel of land in a subdivision that was deemed undevelopable as it was on a 100 year flood plane, plus it had a sink hole at its center. While the developer talked of putting in a walking trail around the perimeter of this parcel for resident's use, it never happened. So, the homeowner's association decided to move forward and survey the land. They called on neighbors and community volunteers to clear a wide trail, make trail borders with logs and rock, plant native perennials / trees /shrubs, and create purposed garden areas. Now it is a treasured spot for outdoor fun and exercise.

Mansker's Station Community Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Mansker’s Station Community Garden

Sumner County Master Gardeners maintain several garden areas at historic Mansker's Station in Goodlettsville TN. These include a vegetable and herb garden, a pollinator waystation, and a wildflower area. Jeff Poppen explores the garden beds to see what's growing, and to learn about the educational opportunities for school age children as well as community members.

Harvesting/Preserving Herbs on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Harvesting/Preserving Herbs

Clipping, drying and preserving herbs is the topic at No. 9 Farms in Ashland City, TN. Lemon balm, basil and dill are discussed specifically.

Durable plants at the Nashville zoo on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Durable plants at the Nashville zoo

The plants at the Nashville Zoo must endure getting trampled at times by guests. Many of the beds are also surrounded by concrete. Julie Berbiglia seeks out their plant pallette that has proven to be durable.

Permaculture Action Day-Nashville on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Permaculture Action Day-Nashville

GROW Enrichment held a permaculture action day in which volunteers worked together to enhance and beautify the land. The list of projects included forest reclamation, incorporating edibles into a children's play space, and sheet mulching an established orchard.

Compost Nashville on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Compost Nashville

Phillipe Chadwick spotlights the good work of Compost Nashville. It's a win for the community, for the environment, and for local gardens and growers. Their motto is Grow Food, Not Landfills.

Chicken Chat on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Chicken Chat

We visit with an experienced urban hen keeper in Nashville, TN to glean great tips and know-how. @judyschickens gives us the scoop on the coop, realistic expectations, and unexpected things that are going to happen. Judy is also an extensive gardener, so she talks about how backyard chickens and backyard garden beds can co-exist.