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The latest news about the farm and our markets, as well as snippets of day to day life on the farm and thoughts about why and how we grow the way we do.
Posted 1/18/2017 2:22pm by Jesse Fleisher.

WWOOFer Lauren Goodwin picking dry beans

Good news! We've got two education focused sustainable agriculture internships available on our small scale vegetable farm outside Nashville, TN. You can have fun and work hard while learning greenhouse, field, and marketing methods for diverse fruits and vegetables grown using approved organic methods and materials. Simple housing, partial board, and small stipend provided.

City & State: Santa Fe, TN (just outside Nashville)

2 Internship Positions w/Stipend

  1. Field Hand + Social Media/Blog/Newsletter Management + Some Volunteer Coordination
  2. Field Hand + Construction & Farm Equipment Maintenance + Orchard/Woodlot Maintenance

 Position description details:  

WHAT: Athena’s Harvest  is a small family farm run by former Peace Corps volunteers. Though not certified, we exclusively use organic best practices to grow diverse fruits and vegetables while maintaining our farm's soil health and ecological balance. No synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides are used, and we don't plant any GMOs. We market fresh, healthy, local food in Nashville, TN and surrounding communities through our CSA subscription service, at weekly farmers markets, and to restaurants via the Nashville Grown food hub. We use a motley crew of interns (that’s potentially you if you are reading this), shorter term WWOOFers, and local volunteers to grow food and get it out into the community. Teaching and learning is part of our mission.

WHEN: 1 season commitment from early March to late November 2017 (starting and ending dates may be flexible give or take a week or two). Work schedule is 6 days a week with 1 week off which must be scheduled to fall prior to July 15 or after October, plus any “all farm” vacation days we may decide to take along the way.

BENEFITS: Simple room/ farm vegetables & partial board/ 1 on 1 organic farming mentorship/ modest stipend

WHO: Athena's Harvest welcomes all visitors regardless of age, sex, race, gender, religion, nationality, economic class, or sexual orientation. Applicants must be able to work and engage with others in a mature, respectful manner, and be capable of sustained physical work outdoors in all weather conditions and temperatures.

Click Here For More Information and Application.

Posted 3/22/2016 9:56pm by Athena Childs Fleisher.

This last week was a busy one on the farm. I took the week off work and my brother came up for his spring break from medical school and we joined Jesse as full time farmers for the week.  One of the things we focused on is the soil, the building block of all the nutritious and delicious food yet to come. We began our small farm concept with five 100' long beds last year. This year we plan for at least twenty five 100' beds, so there is a lot of digging to do.

 Weeding the Peas.


 It’s fun to watch Jesse combine his experience farming other people’s farms over the years with his agro-science knowledge and natural resources background as he plans our farm systems and organic style practices.

Spring beds taking shape...

 Jesse shows our niece what we are doing.

Jesse and June

 This is it folks… the first step to make delicious & nutritious food for you begins one shovelful at a time.

Jesse and Athena digging new beds.

Click here to find out more about how to taste our food or become part of our farm family through our Community Supported Agriculture shares.

Tags: 2016 CSA, soil
Posted 2/6/2016 8:00pm by Farmer Jesse.

Dear Farm Friends,

Please pardon our disarray here as we continue to customize and put the finishing touches on our new website. We hope you'll like it, and come back to visit us as often as possible.

Stay tuned for the end of February when we'll be announcing our 2016 CSA details and announcing which farmers markets you can join us at this year.

Our plan is to use this website to share the joys and challenges of farm life with customers, friends, and family. We'll tell you what we're growing and how we're growing it, provide recipes and advice, and tell you how you can get our products to your plate. We'll also provide an easy way to sign up, manage, and pay for your CSA Shares.

You can also expect a weekly newsletter, announcements of family friendly farm events, updated photos of the farm, and a produce availability calendar, in addition to other features.

In the meantime, why not keep in touch and let us know how we're doing? Sign up for our Newsletter, comment below and find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Please let us know how you're doing too.

News for today: I observed that the daffodils are up (seems early, no?) and the seed packets have arrived, so veggies can't be far behind! We look forward to growing and eating them with you.

Sincerely,

Your Farmers - Athena & Jesse

Athena & Jesse

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