AVL Edibles

Asheville Edibles Map

Access to healthy, nutritious food and the ability to cultivate, harvest, process, sell, share, and trade it helps build a thriving and resilient city environment. To support more locally grown food we’ve created the Asheville Edibles Map where you can explore and contribute to the many edible projects, plantings, and gardens in the City.


Certified Pollinator Habitats

certified pollinator habitatWe know that we can’t have nutritious, delicious food without the help of our dedicated pollinator communities so the City has partnered with Bee City Asheville to improve pollinator habitats. This partnership supports outreach and education work, Pollinator Habitat Certification on private property, and habitat development on approved City property.  For City-owned property projects, businesses, organizations, or individuals can “adopt” an area, work with Bee City Leadership to obtain site approval, develop a planting and maintenance plan, and create a public pollinator habitat. Bee City Asheville provides technical support and expertise to participants who make a positive impact on Asheville through stewardship of publicly owned places. Bee City Asheville supports volunteer stewardship of new and existing pollinator habitats on public property, check out the awesome plantings at the RAD HAB and pollinator meadows on the Wilma Dykeman Greenway. 

For more information and/or to participate in the Pollinator Certification Program, visit the Bee City Asheville website.

Community Gardens

Asheville’s Community Gardens Program provides City land for food production and community building through edible garden establishment, maintenance, and resource sharing. This is a great way to bring your neighborhood or organization together to enjoy the many benefits of growing fresh produce with friends, family, and neighbors. Community garden locations have space for many growers, there is no cost to lease the land, and all you need are helping hands.

As of 2018, Bountiful Cities has contracted with the City to manage the Community Garden program. Applications will be considered for City property sites. Approval for new garden site establishment is based on land availability and suitability. Individuals or organizations interested in establishing a new community garden on city property can contact Isa Whitaker or Ta’rin’ii Isner by email or phone at 828-257-4000.

Bountiful Cities staff can provide additional information and technical assistance to get involved with City-owned sites or other Community Gardens in Asheville’s Community Garden Network. 


Edible Parks

sign for George Washington Carter Edible ParkDid you know the City of Asheville is home to one of the nation’s first edible food forests? With over 40 varieties of fruit and nut trees, vines, and shrubs George Washington Carver Edible Park is an urban oasis and a model for growing food in and with the community. Many other city properties are also home to edible plantings. Multiple mature trees bear fruit at Tempie Avery Recreation Center and there is growing community engagement and edible planting expansion and maintenance at these recreation centers and at West Asheville and Magnolia Parks. Community maintenance, educational signage, and stewardship are supported through the Bountiful Cities Project.