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We’re Excited About 2015 And Want You to Join Us to Make it Great!

FASHA_FinalLogoIt’s been a while since we’ve written about our journey. 2014 Was a great year. We launched our program, unsure what was to come, and were pleasantly surprised. Our program participants embraced us, embraced the program, and we received out pouring support from surrounding neighbors and the community. In a word, we were overwhelmed. But in a good way.

8 Nations strong (Zimbabwe, Philippines, USA, Rwanda, Congo, Burundi,  Liberia, Mexico) our urban farm program fed families of varying sizes throughout the summer and the fall of 2014. Our harvests were fruitful. We had kids, and elders working side by side. Every time we worked in the garden, passers-by waved, honked, and gave us thumbs up. Whereas we received push back and resistance from the neighborhood when we first started, this new embrace gave life to our program. Such support helped us forget all the obstacles we faced with getting water on the property, abiding by strict regulations, and a cautious and suspicious community that was unsure about how an urban farm would fit into the neighborhood.

By our estimate, 2014 was a strong and successful year, and we’re wildly looking forward to what 2015 will bring.

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We’ve been busy. Our team has grown, and you’ll get a chance to learn about our addition in the near future. It’s thrilling, and informative, and most importantly, so incredibly helpful to have our new team addition. We’ve also gotten a ton of volunteers. volsinrain

These are people who either heard about or saw something about our program, and decided to come out, and assist our participants. They are one of the reasons we’ve been able to grow. From digging, tilling, and turning the soil, to cutting grass, spreading wood chips, and creating paths, our volunteers have done it all, rain or shine!

Also, we’ve been speaking around town. As more and more people learn about our initiate, they want to know more. They want to hear about it, learn how they can be more involved, and share our stories, with their networks. We have spoken in meetings for community organizations, at schools, at other farm/garden programs, as well as schools. And we’re still at it.

Most importantly, we’ve had a spring season, for the first time since we started. Despite the erratic, harsh, and inclement weather in February and early March, we still planted a variety of crops and are now harvesting.

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We are so excited for what 2015 will bring. We will have our annual summer season groundbreaking celebration on Saturday May 30, 2015. If you’re in town, and want to experience a spectacular type of community initiative stop by! Also, if you’re just looking for an opportunity for outdoor work/fun and volunteering come and join us.

We will be at Paragon Urban Farm from 8AM – 12 PM.

We hope you’ll join us on this day, and the rest of the summer to the end of the year to make it great! We have much more planned, and we hope you’ll continue on this journey with us, because we plan to have a lot of fun doing it!

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We’re Holding a Garden Shower – Donate Tools for Our Community of Farmers

FASHA_FinalLogoSince we work with refugees and immigrants, many of our participants cannot afford to purchase their own tools and seeds. We’re holding a “garden shower” and asking everyone to donate tools.

We’re asking for hoes, watering cans, chicken wire, hoses, nozzles, shovels, and wheel barrels.

Are there any tools you can donate? Can you make a purchase on behalf of our program? Do you have other materials that our garden can use that you can offer?

Please make a contribution today!

Drop off all items on our groundbreaking day!

May 31st, 2014, 8AM-12PM. 505 Paragon Mills, Rd. Find our gift registry here.

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Help bring a smile to someone’s face, as they get to experience the joy of farming, gardening, and working outdoors.

Each contributions is tax deductable. FASHA is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization.

Will You Be Having Dinner This Coming Tuesday? Then Have It With Us and Help Us Win!

fashaSometimes, it seems that we are trying to fit a circle into a square, and making the impossible possible. At least that’s how we’ve felt at times. We realize that obstacles are as constant as time. And we continue to relentlessly and boldly confront them. But can we? Fit a circle into a square?

We’ve been busy trying to bring this project to fruition. Without much funds, and with only our undying determination to create a (former) refugee driven enterprise for other (current) refugees and immigrants. We have a vision for what our Paragon Urban Farm can mean for the Nashville community. And we’re just as excited today about the possibilities as ever.

So…question(s) for you.

Are you in Nashville? Will you be in Nashville on Tuesday May 13th? And will you be having dinner that night?

You can 1. Have dinner on Tuesday Night, and 2. Help a wonderful cause!

We will be presenting at Seed Money Suppers at the Wild Cow in East Nashville at 6PM.

We will talk about our urban farm project, and why we need funding, while competing with other groups. If you attend, you can vote for us, and help us win proceeds from the dinner. It costs $10 per adult, and $5 per child.

We’ve loved every bit of our urban farm. It continues to be a wonderful journey of discovery and growth as we meet more people who love the idea as much as we do, and who selflessly and tirelessly work to help us turn our dream into a reality.

We hope you’ll be there Tuesday, cheering us on. If you can’t be there personally, help us by spreading the word.

In gratitude.

We have “breathtaking” and “most colorful” fruit on our minds.

The head of the 1ft 6in high Pollia condensata plant that ranges from Ethiopia to Angola and Mozambique, which scientists today revealed as the most colourful plant ever seen. Pollia condensata’s vivid sparkle comes from the interaction of light with its skin, which contains layers of microscopic cellulose fibers. The effect is a metallic blue brighter than any yet described in a biological material.

We’ve missed Spring Planting

But we are on for fall. Still planning, organizing, researching, and finding.