Food Security Task Force (FSTF): We partner with 36 organizations/agencies/higher educational institutions/churches/farms to identify, discuss, and strategize around the gaps in our local food/food access/health system. Deepening and building on these relationships will increase the effectiveness of our work and the work of all the organizations as we come to the table to identify our overlap in mission and gain efficiency by working together where that overlap exists.
The Food Security Task Force includes (the list is always growing): Adventist Community Services Center, Asbury United Methodist Church, Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP), Covenant Family Worship Center, USDA Farm Service Agency, Carson Creek Organics, First Presbyterian Church, Full Gospel Mission, George Clem Multicultural Association, Greene County/University of Tennessee Extension Service, Greene County Government, Greene County Health Department, Greene County Schools, Greeneville City Schools, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Greeneville Farmers' Market, Greeneville-Greene County Family Ministries (Food Bank), Greeneville Sun, Kany Farm, Laughlin Hospital, Main St.: Greeneville, Master Gardeners, Migrant Head Start, Mosheim Outreach Center, Upper East Tennessee Neighborhood Service Center, Northern Greene County Ministries, Open Door Tabernacle, Romeo United Methodist Church, Second Harvest Food Bank, Society of St. Andrew, Tabernacle Mission Soup Kitchen, Takoma Hospital, and United Way of Greeneville-Greene County.
East Tennessee Foundation The East Tennessee Foundation supports Rural Resources through the their Art Fund and Youth Endowment Grants. They have been LONG time supporters of our work (since 1995). When our office burned in 2009, they were ready with help and paid our fee to the East Tennessee Community Design Center to design a new facility to meet our needs!
Greeneville City Schools & Greene County Schools: We partner with both school systems through the Food Security Task Force to develop community strategies for addressing food insecurity. Additionally, we have deep relationships with the city schools in that we have worked with them for years to maintain gardens at Tusculm View, Hal Henard, and Highland Schools. We are also very proud of the great work done by teachers at Greeneville Middle School. We applaud and support all of these gardens however we can. Recently we have transitioned the gardens to school leadership and now play a support role to that leadership.
Takoma Hospital: We partner with Takoma through the Food Security Task Force to promote the connection between food and health. Additionally, Takoma Hospital is our first institutional purchaser of local food on a weekly basis.
Tennessee Arts Commission: We partner with the Tennessee Arts Commission to highlight the creative and resourceful link between agriculture and the arts. Think about it: quilting, weaving, wood carving, music, painting, pottery, clay sculpture, and so much more all have roots in agricultural life and the earth or in many instances represents farms and pastoral beauty, food, and more!
Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA): We partner with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture in three ways. They have funded us since the beginning of our existance through their non-point-source water fund so that we may demonstrate and encourage best management practices for our water in Greene County and all over Northeast Tennessee. For the last decade, this has taken the form of organizing pasture walks via the Four Seasons Grazing Club so that livestock farmers can show and discuss the best management practices that they utilize on their farms. Additionally, TDA provides marketing funds and support to our Mobile Farmers' Market. And, TDA is currently partnering with us to get local farmers certified under the new Good Agricultural Practices (food safety) to allow them to sell to institutional markets and be prepared for the implementation of new federal legislation. This is a critical bottle neck to work through in order to create new marketing opportunities.
Tusculum College & East Tennessee State University(ETSU): We are currently working with both institutions through the Food Security Task Force to develop community strategies for addressing food insecurity. Additionally, students at both institutions have played roles in moving the work of our organization forward by volunteering and serving as interns. Students have also engaged in community based research and are responsible for gathering statistical and evaluative information that have helped us make decisions about what and how to run programs. We see many additional opportunities for working with both institutions in the future.