Letter From The Editor
“Little Free Libraries” have popped up all over Nashville with three in my neighborhood alone. Each reflects its area with the Whitland location being diverse and intellectual while the one on my road, sporting a number of young adult books. The one I contribute to at the park has definitive food leanings. It’s fun to peer into these little, wooden houses and see what’s there, and sad when they’re neglected or empty--not unlike communities. These little libraries are a reflection of healthy neighborhoods, the willingness to recycle, and share something that made us happy.
The epitome of a healthy, thriving community is Springfield, about 30 minutes north of Nashville. We partnered with White’s Family Farm in Springfield, to celebrate their tobacco harvest and fall bounty with a farm dinner aptly called The Smoke & Fire Farm Dinner (see pg 21 of our Jan/Feb issue). Avanti Cigars, made with Robertson County tobacco, was on hand with cigars for all, as well as Nelson's Green Brier Distillery whose roots go back to the same county. Their state senator attended as did all the restauranteurs in town who shared a dish.
Healthy communities require healthy residents, so we have a plethora of healthy recipes for the new year. Our cover “Vegan Coconut Curry” is packed with nutrients. You can find other healthy bowls in our story “Super Bowls.” Our story on local tea houses will keep your spirit in balance, and our story on local honey, your health (or some say).
Healthy residents require healthy spaces, and The Land Trust for Tennessee is doing just that by preserving land for future generations from development. We wish you and yours a happy, healthy 2018.
Recycle, support local, and be kind. They all make for a healthy community.