Project: New HopeLocation: Franklin, TN USA
In 2013, we placed the first micro-farm on New Hope’s Franklin, TN campus. An ecological six-platform design was implemented and the growing process is being integrated into New Hope’s curriculum. The platforms were built by local Eagle Scout, JP Gilliam. With a grant from Minority Health and compost from the City of Franklin, the first planting of crops was done within weeks of initiating the project.
To date, Harvest107 has placed 3 seasons of crops at the site and is fully funding the project while developing growing techniques and implementing new advancement in cultivation. This site is producing well, feeding about 24 families, and should be 100% self-sustaining within the next 4 growing seasons.
Partners: New Hope Academy & Williamson County Health Dept.
Young innovator, Gracie Pfaff, a 12-year-old homeschooled 7th-grade student, led the construction of the garden. Gracie, has developed keen gardening skills for her young age and even founded her own nonprofit to promote healthy, sustainable living for all.
This infographic highlights key data from the micro-farm installation and initial harvests. Learn more about the project and see what parents are saying about the positive impact that this project has had on their children.
New Hope Academy is committed to the disadvantaged and underserved in our community. Providing this educational experience to low-income families is foundational to the school’s mission. It is, therefore, intentional in the fact that nearly half the students it serves come from low-income families.