In A Nutshell...
Growing Healthy Food, Cultivating Healthy People
Athena’s Harvest is a small, family run farm located along scenic Leiper’s Creek in Fly, TN. We are approximately 50 minutes south of Nashville, and only 15 minutes from historic Leiper’s Fork.
Though not yet 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 and surrounding communities through our CSA subscription service, at weekly farmers markets, and to restaurants via the Nashville Grown food hub. We are excited to be a part of the local food system!
As farmers, we use tried and true gourmet varieties, while also introducing our customers to new taste experiences as we discover them. As eaters, flavor has always been paramount, so we choose and grow varieties based on flavor rather than size or standardized appearance.
As former Peace Corps volunteers, Jesse and Athena have always engaged actively with the communities where they have lived and worked. Today, we are combining our farming venture with development of a modern permaculture homestead, and establishment of an international public health and sustainable agriculture training center that will be the first of its kind in Middle Tennessee. These are long term goals, and we hope you will join us on this adventure.
Athena's Harvest welcomes all people regardless of age, sex, race, gender, religion, nationality, economic class, or sexual orientation.
Posted by Jesse Fleisher :: Thursday, February 23 :: 3:35pm
Greetings fruit and vegetable lovers,
It's a weirdly warm winter day here in Fly, TN, but it's that time again. Time to sign up for the 2017 CSA season from Athena's Harvest Farm!
Greetings to those of you we haven't spoken to since last year. We've been busy getting ready to be be better farmers and and CSA providers in 2017.
We've expanded our gardens to be able to have both a greater amount and diversity of fruits and vegetables this year. This will allow us to provide more of certain popular items, and also avoid having too much of the same thing over a period of many weeks. In addition to fruits and vegetables, we also plan to add small amounts of fresh herbs and flowers to the mix this year, and we may experiment with oyster mushrooms (but no promises on that one).
A big change for us is that for the first time we will have 2 interns working with us for a good portion of the season, and that extra help will be revolutionary in terms of our production capacity, garden management, and in freeing us to be better communicators on social media, on our website, and in our notes/recipes to CSA members.
Over the course of this year, we'll also be building an improved washing station which won't make our vegetables any cleaner than they are now, but will make our current processes more efficient, and allow us to present a more professional appearance to our farm visitors...
Speaking of which, we hope to have more of you come out to the farm this year, whether it be for a "formal" event like a farm potluck or music night, or an informal visit with your family or kids. We'll also be providing more opportunities for CSA members to come out and volunteer at least a few hours during the season (still totally optional of course), which we find is a good way for us to get to know you a bit better and vice versa. Plus, it's a lot of fun to see where your food comes from.
Our CSA pick-up locations will be similar this year, but with some minor changes:
- Our Bellevue Christian Church pickup will now be on Wednesday afternoons instead of Monday afternoons.
- Our East Nashville pickup will still be on Wednesday afternoons, but it will not be at the farmers market. We are looking for a more centrally located church or park in East Nashville where we can park our vehicle for a couple of hours on those afternoons while people are picking up their shares. Let us know if you have ideas (and we'll let you know when the spot is decided).
- Our Saturday morning pickup will no longer be at the Downtown Nashville Farmers Market. Instead we will offer a Saturday morning pickup at the Richland Park Farmers Market (on Charlotte Avenue).
- Our on-farm CSA pickup time will now be on Wednesdays, from 2pm to 7 pm.
More good news: If you are a returning CSA member, you will receive a $35 discount on your 2017 share (if you join), and new members who sign up before March 31 will get a $30 "Early Bird" discount.
Finally, there's what hasn't changed - our commitment to growing fresh, healthy, nutritious vegetables without synthetic pesticides and other nasty chemicals. We love what we do, and we love having you as our supporters. We hope you will consider joining us, or at the very least recommend us to a friend or family member. (This year we'll be offering a referral rebate).
Thanks again for your interest and support. We hope you'll keep growing with us.
Your Farmers - Jesse & Athena