From creating and managing raised vegetable gardens, planting fruit trees, installing herb gardens, developing edible landscapes; to facilitating community, school, church, and company gardens; offering food gardening workshops; and building community capacity for the local food movement, Tallahassee Food Gardens is dedicated to the regrowth of resilient, community-based food systems. Please contact us with questions or ideas.
Past and Ongoing Projects
Southwood Community Garden
Kate Sullivan School Garden
FBMC Benefits Management Company Garden
iGrow-"Whatever You Like" Urban Ag Youth Program
|Man in Overalls teaching Teenage Food Gardening Workshop - photo by Inga Finch|
Nathan, the Man in Overalls has been food gardening since eight when his mother set him on a vegetable garden as a homeschooling project. In high school, he began planting fruit trees. Throughout his studies in community organizing and social movements at Warren Wilson college, he managed an edible landscape complete with vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and medicinals as part of his school's student work requirement. Additionally during his time at Warren Wilson, he began to study widely on different methods of small scale agriculture suitable for home food production including organic, biointensive, permaculture, and SPIN Farming. In the years since graduation, his food gardening education continues via experimentation, workshops, trainings, visits to farms and community gardens, and via research concerning and conversation with other urban agricultural innovators.
The Man in Overalls, aka Nathan Ballentine is Food Gardener, Educator, Community Organizer, and Persona of Tallahassee Food Gardens (TFG), a social enterprise that "encourages and assists folks to raise food for self and neighbor." He designs, installs, and manages food gardens and facilitates community food projects. Additionally, he works with the Tallahassee Food Network (an organization he helped found) to develop community gardens, projects, and partnerships to grow the Tallahassee food movement. Around the edges he plants food gardens with young people at churches and schools and leads food gardening workshops. Notable past and ongoing projects include: the Southwood Community Garden, Kate Sullivan School Garden, FBMC Benefits Management Company Garden, and the iGrow-"Whatever You Like" urban ag youth program. He graduated with a degree in Community Organizing from Warren Wilson College. He's gardened since 8.
Press (local and national)
Tallahassee Democrat Local Front Page Feature
- "He's Definitely Pro-Growth"
Natural Awakenings of Tallahassee
- "The Man in Overalls Grows Food Gardening Dreams"
Tallahssee Democrat Chronicle
- "Kate Sullivan Garden Moves to Phase Two"
Warren Wilson College Owl and Spade
- "Bluring the Lines"
- "A Peace of Bread"
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