Dr. Haase and his wife Janet, together with dear friends, co-founded and continue to support The Food Initiative. The initial concept was to create a positive outlet to reach teens. The vision of creating personal and social change through hard, meaningful work began with work in the garden. That work continued at local hunger relief organizations and all throughout Clarksville, TN.
Since the pilot program trial in 2008, The Food Initiative has grown tremendously. While young people are still front and center in their programming, their mission has expanded to include opportunities for people of all ages. In addition to the programming, the farm has also grown. TFI began its programs around a small garden plot of less than a quarter acre. Now the farm site is over twelve acres and includes not only fresh produce but chickens, goats, pigs, honey bees, mushrooms, and more. All of the operations on the farm are conducted in a sustainable manner.
The Food Initiative is a non-profit organization in Montgomery County, TN. The food harvested at The Food Initiative is dispersed throughout the community in several ways: through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program, through local hunger relief organizations, and at the Clarksville Downtown Market.
Don’t worry, there is no skill test for you to help them in the garden! They are always in need of farm help, volunteer groups, donations and more. Learn how you can help here.