AVL Edibles

Access to healthy, nutritious food and the ability to cultivate, harvest, process, sell, share and trade food contributes to a thriving and resilient city environment.

Explore and contribute to the Asheville Edibles Map – A place to share and explore the many edible projects, plantings and gardens.

  • UPDATE – The Asheville Edibles Map is currently being updated and will be republished in early 2023.

 

 


Adopt-a-Spot

The City has partnered with Asheville GreenWorks to launch an Adopt-A-Spot program. Businesses, organizations, or individuals choose to adopt a City-owned piece of property that they pledge to plant and maintain as an edible or pollinator garden. The program provides recognition of adopters through dedicated signage at the site. Your family, organization, or business can make a positive impact on Asheville through stewardship of publicly owned places.

For more information and/or to sign up for the Adopt-A-Spot Program, visit GreenWorks’ website.

 

Visit the Adopt A Spot Required Species List here.

 


Certified Pollinator Habitats

We know that we can’t have nutritious, delicious food without the help of our dedicated pollinator community.  The City has partnered with Asheville GreenWorks to support Bee City Asheville and improve pollinator habitats by supporting Pollinator Habitat Certification on approved City property. Businesses, organizations, or individuals choose to “adopt” an approved City-owned piece of property that they pledge to plant and maintain as a pollinator garden, Asheville GreenWorks provides technical support and . Your family, organization, or business can make a positive impact on Asheville through stewardship of publicly owned places.

For more information and/or to participate in the Pollinator Certification Program, visit GreenWorks’ website.

 


Community Gardens

Asheville’s Community Gardens Program provides city land for food production and
community building through edible garden development. This is a great way to bring your neighborhood and/or organization together to enjoy the multiple health benefits of growing fresh produce with friends, family, and neighbors. Each designated community garden location has room for several plots. There is no cost to lease the land. All you need are helping hands.

Sites available to apply for at this time

The City is now accepting applications for the community gardens program. As of 2018, Bountiful Cities has contracted with the City to manage this program.

Please contact Isa Whitaker by email or phone at 828-257-4000 with Bountiful Cities for more information on how to participate.

 


Edible Parks

sign for George Washington Carter Edible Park

Did 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 park and there is growing community engagement and edible planting expansion and maintenance at G.W. Carver, Tempie Avery,  West Asheville and Magnolia Parks.  Community maintenance, educational signage and stewardship are supported through the Bountiful Cities Project.