Thought about joining a local CSA, but aren't sure where to get started? This month, join Team Green and Urban Green Lab to get your CSA questions answered by the experts! With the support ofSecond Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Green Door Gourmet, we'll cover the benefits of buying your food from a CSA, as well as how to choose one that fits your needs. We'll even finish the workshop with a tasty hands-on demonstration of some simple recipes you can make at home with several common summer CSA ingredients!  This workshop is part of Team Green's Engage Green Sustainability Workshop Series, which will cover a new sustainability topic each month. Be on the lookout as more workshops continue to be posted on our calendar in the coming weeks and months!

When: Wednesday, July 2nd at 6:00pm
Where: Second Harvest Food Bank 
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Cost: FREE and open to the public! Please RSVP below.

Trip Leader: Matt Genova

Difficulty: This workshop series is designed to introduce participants into a range of sustainability topics, and is geared towards beginners.
Registration Deadline: There is no deadline to register, but please RSVP by filling out this form.
Group Size: Room capacity is approximately 50 participants.

Parking: There is free parking available in the Second Harvest parking lot.


This workshop will feature a discussion on what a CSA (community-supported agriculture) is, how to choose one, and what types of food you might receive during each season. We'll also talk about the benefits of getting your food from a CSA rather than a grocery store (both for the environment and the local economy)! Green Door Gourmet, a locally owned farm right here in Davidson County, will lead the discussion. This will be a great opportunity to get all of your CSA questions answered by the experts!

The second half of the workshop will focus on ways to prepare some of the most common summer CSA foods (cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc.). Local chef and nutritionist Shane Kelly will guide you through some simple and delicious recipes that you can try out at home, demonstrating some cooking techniques and providing the opportunity for everyone to sample her creations. Everyone who attends this workshop can learn from the cooking demonstration. If you want the hands-on experience, however, please come with your own chop knives and cutting board.



Engage Green is an initiative of Lightning 100’s Team Green Adventures designed to educate the Nashville community about simple ways to make their lives greener. Engage Green hosts a knowledgeable speaker every month to cover information on how-to topics that can be easily transferred into our daily lives in an informal, casual setting. Each presentation is interactive and allows for discussion throughout. Topics will vary month-to-month, and will be designed to cover a range of sustainbility-related topics. Each workshop is free and includes a one-hour presentation or demonstration with opportunities for questions/answers and engaging with other participants. No reservations needed. Open to the public. Locations may vary.


Urban Green Lab is Nashville's first hub for sustainable living. The non-profit group offers hands-on educational workshops that focus on sustainable living practices such as urban gardening, home weatherization, energy efficiency and water conservation. This first-of-its-kind-in-Nashville organization is designed to "bridge the gap" between thinking and doing and, in the process, move sustainability from concept to daily reality for an increasing number of citizens.

Urban Green Lab is Team Green's official Engage Green Workshop Series partner, and will co-host all of these events with us. They have been insturmental in providing expertise and guidance on a range of sustainability topics, and play a key role in connecting Nashville residents with information on local sustainability issues. For more information on Urban Green Lab, and to find out how you can get involved, please visit their Facebook page here and their website here.


Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened its doors in 1978 with commitment from several community leaders. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest's mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Modeled after the first food bank established in Phoenix in the mid-1970s, Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry. During the first year, this process resulted in a total distribution of 160,000 pounds of food to 75 member agencies.

Today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. During the 2012/13 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed 23,955,957 pounds of food to over 400 Partner Agencies providing close to 20 million meals of food to hungry children, families and seniors throughout our 46-county service area. Second Harvest’s vision of ending hunger is more important than ever. Hunger is a big problem, and we need everyone’s help to solve this issue. According to the USDA, an estimated 50.1 million Americans are at risk of hunger, and 16.7 million U.S. children under 18 are food insecure. One in four children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure, and in Middle Tennessee alone, 31 percent of the people Second Harvest serves are children.

Team Green Adventures is proud to have Second Harvest Food Bank as a 2014 community partner. Each month this year we'll feature a event that highlights the work and mission of the organization. Please join us on some of these events, including food sorting, food drives, food distribution events, and sustainable nutrition workshops!


Registration is not required for our workshop, but please RSVP HERE so we can get a rough headcount!