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A cooperative conversion celebration to welcome Nashville Foodscapes into the rich legacy of cooperatives in our region! Register here.

In January 2021, Nashville Foodscapes converted from a sole proprietorship to a worker owned cooperative.

Nashville Foodscapes connects people with their food by growing food where people live, yard-to-table style. We achieve this by offering creative food solutions through landscaping. We create custom designs of our clients’ yards, homes, and living spaces allowing food to be grown in a way that pleases the eyes and taste buds: a fusion of aesthetics and function in a landscape.

Hosted by the Southeast Center for Cooperative Development, this celebration will feature:

  • Guests from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
  • A panel discussion with worker-owners at Nashville Foodscapes
  • Break out sessions that will offer opportunities to ask questions and dig deeper into the possibilities worker-owned cooperatives hold for creating more democratic workplaces.

Full Agenda:

2:00-2:08: Welcome – Rosemarie Rieger & Vanessa Paz

2:10-2:20: Federation of Southern Co-ops – Legacy of Southern Food & Agriculture Worker Co-ops

2:20-2:30: US Federation of Worker Co-ops – The State of Worker Co-Ops in the Nation

2:30-3:10: Panel Discussion – Nashville Foodscapes

3:10-3:25: Breakout Sessions Round 1

  • Option 1: Nashville Foodscapes – How does our co-op work?
  • Option 2: Southeast Center for Cooperative Development – What’s happening in the Southeast region?

3:25-3:40: Breakout Sessions Round 2

  • Option 1: Nashville Foodscapes – What is Edible Landscaping?
  • Option 2: Southeast Center for Cooperative Development – How can conversions to employee ownership save small businesses?

3:40-3:55: Breakout Session Debrief

3:55-4:00: Closing

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