what's in a name?
From owner and farmer Lauren Palmer — my love to farm is something passed down through generations. My father was raised by his grandparents on a dairy farm.Where they lived until the corp of engineers forced my great grandparents to sell their farm for a lake project. This history and love for the land took root within my parents who spend 10 years searching for the perfect piece of land that is now Bloomsbury Farm.
The name came from my father's passion for orchids and native wildflowers. My father has been teaching my sister and I greenhouse growing and native plants since I can remember, hence the name Bloomsbury. He was the gardener for a large hospital that he was actually born in (along with my sister and I). His motto for us has always been 'bloom where you were planted'. He took that seriously and influenced the farm name.
Bloomsbury is over 400 acres of breathtaking land in Smyrna, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.
owner and farmer
Lauren was raised in Smyrna, Tennessee with a deep appreciation for agriculture, community and healthy living. Her parents embrace a vegetarian lifestyle, which Lauren and her daughter, Palmer, continue to this day. Lauren always felt she would be growing and cultivating from an early age. With an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a masters in Management, she believes social work has many layers. Educating her community and providing organic produce is a true representation of this work.
Lauren built Bloomsbury Farm from the ground up, starting with organic vegetables and sprouts that she sold at local markets. Since those early days in 2009 the farm has grown, producing a wide array of fresh vegetables, fruits, sprouts and herbs for market, wholesale and local businesses around Nashville.
To be able to walk to work every morning and raise my baby girl with the same love for the earth my parents instilled in me is a true gift.
We are all blooming where we have been planted.
Justin lives off–grid with his wife Sarah, dog Sally and cat, Stella. He started farming in 2013. He enjoys supplying quality organic produce to the local community through Community Supported Agriculture. He believes we should farm with an emphasis on regenerative and sustainable agriculture. Agriculture is the foundation of a good community. In his free time Justin enjoys bee-keeping and is helping expand our hives at Bloomsbury to offer local honey in the near future. Justin is always trying to expand his agricultural knowledge through continuing education, reading, observing and experimenting with different methods of growing.
Richie is a long time family friend that came to work for Bloomsbury in 2012. He takes care of all of our food safety jobs and helps to manage all other aspects of the farm. He was born in Louisiana but has been in and around Smyrna, TN since 1988. A graduate of MTSU, with bachelors and masters degrees in Biology, he worked as a wildlife ecologist prior to coming to the farm. He loves all of the animals that are on the farm and has started teaching a bit on the side for Motlow State Community College. Richie was born with Cystic Fibrosis and underwent a double lung transplant in 2011. All the fresh air and hard work keep him happy and healthy.
—What is Bloomsbury Farm—
grow to gather
WHat we do
We have a commitment to sustainability, not only to the land but to ourselves and to those around us. This is why we grow all our vegetables and fruits with dedication and love, and are committed to selling only the best to you.
Bloomsbury Farm is nestled in the hills between Smyrna and Nolensville, TN. Our greenhouse grows all the sprouts, wheatgrass and micro–greens year round. Vegetables, fruits and herbs are also a large part of the operation, which are grown from March through November. We believe that when people eat natural, organic food, they can taste the difference. It's a chain of goodness that begins with healthy soil, and finishes with healthy animals and people.
Every Saturday, from March to November, we sell our farm fresh produce at four farmers market locations around Nashville. It is important for us to get to meet our local community and support the buy local movement. Come out and enjoy the benefits of organic living — we would love to meet you.
Bloomsbury is not only where we work, it is where we live. With three distinct properties on the farm, we have opened our loft for rent through Airbnb. This stunning loft is a beautiful destination for couples looking for the convenience to Nashville, but wanting a secluded escape on our beautiful property — now welcoming visitors.
Bloomsbury is more than just a farm. We open our beautiful grounds to a limited number of weddings each year. With specially designed packages for wedding of all sizes and needs, our venue is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding that welcomes guests to a breathtaking location.
We offer our local community the chance to share in seasonal living by signing up for one of our CSA basket options. From our organic farm to your kitchen, we fill our baskets with fresh fruits, vegetables and farm eggs.
Bloomsbury is host to numerous private and public events each year. Our property is the perfect location to welcome family and friends to gather. We believe in the need to build strong communities and encourage everyone to share in the beauty of outdoor living. Our public event calendar is coming soon.
We would love to hear from you. For information about our farm, produce, press or collaborating with Bloomsbury Farm, please fill out our contact form here. For special events and weddings please click here for our events form.