Urban Agriculture Initiative

Sustainability Director

Brian Blackmon
(865) 215-4430

400 Main St., Room 598
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The City's Office of Sustainability has been working on changes to the city's zoning code to encourage a broader range of urban agriculture in Knoxville. The zoning code has not kept pace with changes in the local food economy. The Office of Sustainability has developed proposed amendments to remove potential barriers to food production on private property. By removing these barriers, the City of Knoxville and community partners can better develop programs that increase access to healthy, local food. 

The Office of Sustainability has put together some fast fact sheets and an Urban Agriculture FAQ to help you get started:

Urban Agriculture FAQ [PDF]
Accessory Structure Fast Facts [PDF]
Apiaries Fast Facts [PDF]
Composting Fast Facts [PDF]
Seasonal Produce Stand Fast Facts [PDF]

If you're interested in more detail about the Urban Agriculture Initiative, refer to the Zoning Ordinance Proposal and Zoning Amendments below.

July 21, 2015: The amendments were approved (8-1) by City Council.  
June 9, 2015: The amendments were introduced and approved (7-1) by City Council.  
May 14, 2015: The proposed amendments were approved unanimously (14-0) by the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Click here to view the Zoning Ordinance Proposal [PDF]

Click here to view the Zoning Amendments [PDF]

To find a farmers' market or community garden near your home, please refer to the map below:

 If you would like to have your farmers' market or community garden listed in the map above, please send a request to sustainability@knoxvilletn.gov.