Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP) of Middle TN

Did you know that many of Nashville’s refugees have agrarian backgrounds? Before moving to the United States, some of our refugees were successful farmers, producing food for their families or selling food at farmer’s markets. RAPP of Middle TN aims to create an emotionally and culturally safe space where health is encouraged, to build upon the strengths of participants and increase self-sufficiency, and to grow, to learn, to share together, peacefully.

RAPP of Middle TN supports those who want to continue to use their skills and garden or farm here in Nashville, and represents several collaborating agencies. CRIT partners with The Nashville Food Project, Fervent Assistance to Survivors of Healthy Adjustment (FASHA) and the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute to offer two unique programs that engage refugees in local agricultural opportunities.

Our common goals include 1) increasing access to growing space for refugees and 2) increasing access to training opportunities for refugees.

Each garden has its own history and unique way of providing avenues for Nashville’s refugee populations to participate in the local food economy.


RAPP of Middle TN is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

For more information or to get involved in RAPP of Middle, contact Lauren Bailey, Director of Agricultural Programs, at [email protected] or 615-366-6868 ext 3#.