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Knox County Community Gardens & Growers Alliance

An organization that fights food insecurity and promotes healthy living in Knox County, Tennessee. 

“We are a community-driven organization dedicated to fighting and eliminating food insecurity and promoting healthy living. Our initiative focuses on building community gardens, educating our members on gardening and healthy living, and distributing fresh produce to the community. Through our programs and partnerships, we seek to create a sense of community, purpose, and hope. 

We plan to track the total number of pounds grown, harvested, and distributed to the community, as well as the pounds of produce contributed by our members, to measure the success of our approach. A byproduct of our work is that it will preserve, restore, and enhance pride in the beauty, productivity, and creativity of our community.

We believe that by having easy access to healthy, fresh produce, individuals’ physical and mental health will improve. Our focus on education and youth development is at the core of our mission, and we plan to partner with other organizations to create a food/community/education center to support their programs. We invite you to join us as a member and help us make a difference in our community. 

By becoming a member of the Alliance, you will have access to our educational programs, community events, and gardening resources. You will also be part of a community that shares your commitment to fighting food insecurity and promoting healthy living. 

As a member of the Alliance, you will be included in our directory of local gardens and growers, where you can connect with others in your community who share your passion for gardening and healthy living. We believe that by working together, we can make a significant impact on the health and well-being of our community and eliminate food insecurity.

The current goal is to partner with and support Battlefield Farms and Gardens to bring on at least two new community gardens producing a total of 8500 pounds of fresh produce in 2023, 2024, and 2025, for a total of 25,000 pounds at the end of 3 years. 

In 2023, the plan is to open a new 36 raised bed community garden at 2723 Louise Avenue on property owned by Paine Avenue Missionary Baptist Church and a community garden at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church at 3800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 

In 2024, two more community gardens would be added at Lomax Temple AME Zion Church at 3220 Sherman Street in Lonsdale and at Community Evangelistic Church at 2640 Boyds Bridge Pike. In 2025, two more gardens would be added, one at Mount Zion Baptist Church at 2714 Brooks Avenue and the other in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.”

Name: Knox County Community Gardens & Growers Alliance

Location: 2425 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Suite 701, Knoxville, TN 37915

Meeting Time: Various

Social Media: @knoxgardenalliance

What’s Growing? 

Amaranth, Arugula, Basil, Beans, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Flowers, Herbs, Kale, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lettuce, Okra, Oregano, Peas, Peppermint, Peppers, Potatoes, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Spinach, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Zucchini

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