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. The City believes that all citizens should have access to healthy, nutritious food and the ability to cultivate, harvest, process, sell, share and trade food in order to thrive and empower their own resilience. The City has identified long term goals and action items that foster the food policy agenda.

The City of Asheville recognizes that healthy food systems come from healthy ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems have robust populations of pollinators. Thus, 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 goal of Bee City USA is to promote healthy, sustainable habitats and communities for honey bees and other pollinators. The City of Asheville’s strategy includes cultivating pollinator plants and healthy ecosystems in support of local food production.

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

Community Gardens

Asheville’s Community Gardens Program allows citizens to start edible gardens on parcels of City land located in various areas of town. Each garden location has room for several plots. This is a great way to bring your neighborhood and/or organization together to grow local, fresh, and healthy produce to create a stronger, more resilient community. There is no cost to lease the land. All you need are helping hands.

There are 3 sites available to apply for at this time:

  • Carrier Park – 220 Amboy Road, Asheville NC 28806
  • Murray Hill – Bartlett Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Weaver Park – 200 Murdock Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Downtown Asheville – 33-35 Page Avenue, NC 28801 – This site is up and running!

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.

To apply, review the documents below, fill out the Application and sign the Rules and Procedures, and send the completed files to AWeaver@ashevillenc.gov, or mail them to:

City of Asheville
Attn: Amber Weaver
PO Box 7148
Asheville NC, 28802

Community Gardens Program Application

Community Gardens Program Rules & Procedures

Community Gardens Program Sample Use Agreement

Water Spigot Policy 

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 apply, review the documents below, fill out the Application and sign the Rules and Procedures, and send the completed files to AWeaver@ashevillenc.gov, or mail them to:

City of Asheville
Attn: Amber Weaver
PO Box 7148
Asheville NC, 28802

Urban Ag Lease Application

Urban Ag Lease Rules & Procedures

Urban Ag Lease Sample Lease

Adopt-a-Spot

The City has partnered with Asheville GreenWorks to launch an Adopt-A-Spot program. Businesses, organizations, or individuals can choose a City-owned piece of property that they wish to adopt. The responsibility of the adopter will be to maintain either an edible or pollinator garden in this location. The program provides recognition of adopters through dedicated signage at the site. Make a positive impact on Asheville by promoting 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.