Resources & Organizations

We are lucky to have so many non profit organizations helping make our community healthier for all us. Looking for a place to volunteer? Wondering where to make a donation? Check out this list of local groups making the world a better place.

Plant The Seed

Plant the Seed is a nonprofit that shapes community and school gardens into outdoor classrooms to educate and empower under-resourced young peoplebuilding cultural connections, advancing economic justice and improving their overall health and well-being. We welcome donations and volunteers.

The Nashville Food Project

The Nashville Food Project brings people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. This work is human-powered by design, and we rely on community support in all of our programs. Learn about ways to volunteer at

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee's mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. We work with 450 Partner Agencies to provide food to those struggling with hunger throughout our 46-county service area in Middle and West Tennessee.

Society of St. Andrew

The Society of St. Andrew is a nonprofit that reduces food waste and feeds hungry people. Volunteers glean the fields of farm to gather food that farmers have left behind, and deliver that food to feeding agencies like food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters.

Urban Green Lab

Urban Green Lab is Nashville's environmental education nonprofit improving well-being through sustainable living. We connect global environmental concepts to every day actions, empowering Nashvillians, especially youth, to make sustainable choices. Our innovative Mobile Lab, a sustainability classroom on wheels, brings interactive hands-on STEM curriculum to students throughout the city.

The Land Trust for Tennessee

The Land Trust for Tennessee protects unique landscapes forever, promising future generations the chance to experience and enjoy these places as much as we do today. As a nonprofit, non-governmental land conservation organization, The Land Trust has protected nearly 125,000 acres statewide, and provides solutions to those seeking to conserve places they love.

The Gentle Barn

The Gentle Barn rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to severely abused animals. Then kids interact with the animals to learn kindness, compassion and confidence.

Thistle Farms

Thistle Farms is a Nashville-based, globally minded social enterprise led by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction who craft natural body care and home products by hand. The enterprise includes The Cafe and The Shop at Thistle Farms, as well as 40+ national sister organizations and 20+ global partners.

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council is a non-profit that strives "to promote healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee". We accomplish this through our education programs (annual conference, workshops, historic tree registry, arboretum certifications, and public engagement). To learn more, visit our website and get involved.

Hands On Nashville/Hands On Nashville Urban Farm

Hands On Nashville's Urban Farm is a teaching and learning hub for volunteers to grow gardening skills, learn about healthy eating choices and gain an understanding of food access in the community.

Slow Food Middle Tennessee

Ginger - Nature's Buried Treasure

Haley Turner

Ginger has long been used as a remedy for illness from nausea relief and arthritis to migraines and high blood pressure Traditional Chinese Medicine uses ginger as a warming food to counteract general cold or dampness in a person which corresponds to sickness or slow digestion Personal experience...

VIDEO - Greener Roots Farm

Jeffrey Orkin

We had to make sure we weren 39 t coming in from another farm we had to clean off our shoes with water and it was all worth it This magnificent greenhouse can be fully controlled by a cell phone and Jeffrey Orkin tells us everything about it With 14 different types of lettuces fish tanks and the...

VIDEO - The Nashville Food Project

Teri Sloan

Bringing people together to grow cook and share nourishing food with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city This is the mission of the Nashville Food Project We 39 re honored to share their story and take you inside their brand new building located in the Nations...

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese

Anne Ross

On a Saturday morning visit to Kenny and Beverly Mattingly 39 s dairy farm there is nothing approaching a dull moment Kenny is able to cut the curds in his 300 gallon milk vat assist customers confer with his son about a cow in heat that needs to be bred and describe his cheesemaking operation all...

2019 James Beard Nominee, Margot McCormack - Meet My Farmers

Owner Chef Margot Cafe Bar and Marche Nashville A Nashville native Margot returned in 1995 to Nashville from New York City to find her voice in the local restaurant community Upon her return local restaurateur Jody Faison introduced her to the work and mission of chef Alice Waters Now one of the...