Center for Urban Agriculture
Eighteen acres have been opened at the Botanical Garden, for the start of the Center for Urban Agriculture. We already have 80 people working in a community garden (started last August), and have a winter cover on a new garden of nine large rows. For this new garden, we are forming a large team from the local neighborhoods. They will produce food for themselves and for market. We desperately need to restore one of the old greenhouses, so that we can have seedlings ready for the season.
In 1786 the land was given to the Howell family by George Washington. In 2003 the family sold the land to a group of philanthropist investors, who started the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. We are blessed–on our side of the property–to have several old buildings at our disposal. The challenge for us today is on bringing those buildings back into use, for their contribution to the exciting growth that is underway.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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