Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville has entered into a partnership with Farm Credit of Mid-America, an agricultural lending cooperative, for an effort to promote urban agriculture.
Under the agreement, the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources at Tennessee State will promote new ways of growing fruit and vegetables in small urban spaces using hydroponic (without soil), vertical, and organic gardening techniques. With funding from Farm Credit of Mid-American, the university will hold events to inform the public about urban agriculture and may hold competitions to produce best practices for establishing and maintaining urban agricultural options.
Glenda Glover, president of Tennessee State University, stated that “we are excited about this project. We understand the importance of agriculture and with food security and population explosion, there is definitely the need for a strong cooperation like this between our agriculture college and a partner like Farm Credit.”