NFM awarded grant for pollinator garden

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Slow Food Middle Tennessee has awarded the Nashville Farmers’ Market one of its 2019 Community Enrichment Grants. The $500 grant will help fund the creation of an on-premises pollinator garden featuring native Tennessee flowers. NFM Executive Director Tasha Kennard, Facility Manager Charles Kizer and Marketing Coordinator David Gonnerman received the grant check yesterday during an event at Husk Nashville.

Partners in the project, which is scheduled to begin this spring, include Bicentennial Mall State Park (located adjacent to NFM) and Gardens of Babylon (a garden center located within NFM). The Slow Food grant supplements a generous $2,500 contribution from Friends of the Nashville Farmers’ Market aimed at increasing educational opportunities at NFM.

The location of the garden will most likely be in the patio area by the east entrance to the Market House. In addition to enhancing Market aesthetics, the garden will serve pollen to bees from hives at Bicentennial Mall.

Other grant recipients include NFM vendor Green Door Gourmet, who received a $1,000 grant that will help lower field trip admission costs to its West Nashville agritourism center for 500 students from area Title I schools.

David Gonnerman