Eat Green for Tennessee benefits local conservation efforts.

For one day only this Wednesday, you can help protect land in Tennessee by dining at one of your favorite restaurants.

This is the fifth year for Eat Green for Tennessee, an annual fundraiser in which dozens of restaurants in Chattanooga, Sewanee, Franklin and Nashville pledge to donate a percentage of the day’s sales to support the statewide conservation efforts of The Land Trust for Tennessee.

A sampling of the 15 or so participating restaurants in Chattanooga includes Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Bluegrass Grill, Slick’s Burgers, Alleia, 1885 Grill, Niedlov’s Breadworks, Lupi’s Pizza Pies and Southern Sqweeze.

Over the past five years, the fundraising event has contributed approximately $90,000 to The Land Trust’s year-round work to conserve Tennessee’s green spaces, including bountiful farmland.

“Eat Green for Tennessee gives us all a chance to be a part of forever protecting the places that define the character of our state, helping to keep it a vital, inviting place to visitors, businesses and citizens alike,” Land Trust President and CEO Liz McLaurin said in a prepared statement. “Fortunately, year after year, we’re reminded of the incredible support we have from our restaurant partners and Tennesseans alike.”

Diners wanting to take part in this year’s Eat Green for Tennessee initiative can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even purchase gift cards, at a participating restaurant with no additional fees.

See the complete list of over 50 restaurants statewide here.

Since its founding in 1999, The Land Trust for Tennessee has helped conserve 119,000 acres of green space in Tennessee, including public parks, historic and Civil War sites, viewsheds of places like the Natchez Trace Parkway, and more than 40,000 acres of farmland.

“Thousands of acres of farmland are lost each year, and my family and I are grateful to know that the farm where we operate our dairy is protected by The Land Trust so it will continue to provide opportunities and benefits to farmers and families like ours for generations,” Dustin Noble of Franklin-based Noble Springs Dairy, one of the sponsors of Eat Green for Tennessee, said in a prepared statement.

Learn more about The Land Trust for Tennessee here, and stay in touch with the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and via the hashtag #EatGreen4TN.

Click here for details about Eat Green For Tennessee 2017.

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