Food Policy Action Plan


The City of Asheville has adopted Resolution 17-257, which re-establishes the City of Asheville’s Food Action Plan in support of the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Agenda.

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.

The City of Asheville recognizes that healthy food systems come from healthy ecosystems. To promote and preserve the critical role of pollinators in our city’s ecosystem, the City has adopted Resolution 12-153, which designates Asheville as the inaugural Bee City, USA. Bee City USA is a collaborative initiative among backyard beekeepers, the Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter, and the Center for Honeybee Research. The City of Asheville’s strategy includes cultivating pollinator plants and healthy ecosystems in support of local food production.

 

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

 

 


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 asheville community gardenyour 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.

 


Urban Agriculture Leases

 

Want to grow food on a larger scale, but do not have the property to do so? The Urban Agriculture Lease Program allows qualifying applicants to lease City-owned property at fair market rates. The terms of the leases are 3 years with an option to renew. This program is designed to support urban agriculture development to increase local food production and community food security. The City encourages applications from qualified individuals, businesses, and/or nonprofit organizations to apply for a lease agreement. Apply now to have the farm of your dreams!

 

The City is now accepting applications for this program. To learn more on how to apply, email Amber Weaver for an application.

crop of corn growing

 

Urban Ag Lease Application

 

Urban Ag Lease Rules & Procedures

 


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.

 

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