The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille Expand Vision of Sustainable Farming
The Hermitage Hotel’s Managing Director creates a new vision for preservation
NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 28, 2012 – The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille announced today the purchase of a 245 acre farm in Dickson Co, TN. Double H Farms, as it will be known, is part of the bigger plan of The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille to expand their focus on preservation and sustainability. The farm will be used to create a sustainable brand of beef that is distributed beyond the Capitol Grille. It will also grow corn for a future grist mill and will eventually help expand the gardening program.
“The goal is to focus the future of The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille by helping to preserve land, continue sustainable farming practices, and make our product more available to the community,” said Greg Sligh, managing director of The Hermitage Hotel and now also president of Double H Farms, LLC.
Farm operations will be overseen by Greg Sligh in cooperation with Executive Chef Tyler Brown. Sligh has a strong family history in farming. For more than a century his family owned a 600 acre farm in Missouri. Mr. Sligh spent his summers and school breaks playing and, when old enough, working on the farm with his grandparents. Today, Sligh and his relatives still own and manage the original farm where he vacations with his wife and sons.
The purchase of the farm has been a long time goal born out of the experimenting with raising cattle at the Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm in partnership with farmer Blair Myers. That project was spearheaded by Executive Chef and Head Farmer, Tyler Brown who will be actively involved, working with Greg to develop an ideal plan for the new venture. The initial goal for this farm is to develop and increase the herd of grass-fed cattle. Already known as the leading restaurant in Nashville for locally sourced and sustainably grown vegetables, diners at the Capitol Grille have also been enjoying some of the beef which has been grazing in the sunny pastures at the Farm at Glen Leven. However, with the increasing demands of the restaurant the larger amount of acreage allows for the herd to be increased significantly. Sligh and his team plan to sell the Double H Farms brand of beef to other interested restaurants in Nashville and elsewhere.
“For the past few years we have embraced the culture of locally sourced and sustainably grown food with the Capitol Grille and locally produced items throughout The Hermitage Hotel, with more to come. This move will enable us to impact a much larger number of people,” said Executive Chef Tyler Brown
Nestled in the hills of White Bluff, Tennessee and bordering Montgomery Bell State Park, Double H Farms is an ideal setting with creeks that are fed by natural springs from the park. This setting will allow for the rotation of cattle from one pasture to another to allow them to graze on the sweet grasses in the fields through a relatively simple process because of the infrastructure that already exists on the land. The Farm is protected with a conservation easement and will always be a continuation of the Duke family’s home and farm, founded in the 1930’s.
The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille look forward to continuing the wonderful relationship with the Land Trust for Tennessee. Guests of The Hermitage Hotel – who are given the opportunity to donate $2 for every night of their stay – have donated over $290,000 to the Land Trust for Tennessee since the fund-raising program began in July 2008. Thanks to guests’ generosity, The Land Trust has been able to preserve, forever, roughly 2,900 acres of scenic and historic land in Tennessee. For the last three growing seasons Chef Tyler Brown has grown a garden on the land which supports the Capitol Grille as well as the needy in the community.
About The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille
Opened in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel has been woven into the history and memories of Nashville and her residents for over 100 years. In keeping with a deep respect for Nashville and the state of Tennessee, The Hermitage Hotel is committed to preserving the region’s heritage by putting into practice the traditions that make hospitality synonymous with The South. The Hermitage Hotel is the only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in Tennessee and five contiguous states.
The commitment to preservation continues in the hotel’s Capitol Grille and Oak Bar. Relaxed and low key, the Capitol Grille offers an excellent example of a farm crafted menu with a commitment to sustainability. Chef/Farmer Brown uses sustainable farming practices to ensure everything comes out of the ground, just as nature intended. Chef Brown strives to serve cultural sustainability by paying homage to the great Southern dishes and cooking practices of the past to ensure they are not forgotten. In fact, many of his recipes came from the recipe box of his grandmother.
About the Land Trust for Tennessee
The Land Trust for Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, founded in 1999. Its mission is to preserve the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes for future generations. The Land Trust works with willing landowners to find ways to preserve forever the historic, scenic and natural values of their land. The organization is supported primarily by financial contributions from individuals. The Land Trust has offices in Nashville, Sewanee/Monteagle, Hickman County and Chattanooga. More information is available at www.landtrusttn.org.