City of Asheville Food Action Plan

Municipal Food Policy Goals and Action Plan

See the Signed Asheville City Food Action Plan here

City of Asheville Long Term Food Policy Goals

The City of Asheville commits to participating in the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council efforts and supports the following shared goals:

1. Improve the quality of life for those in need by increasing access to food for people who
experience food insecurity.
2. Continue growing a robust regional food economy by increasing production and
consumption of regional food and food products.
3. Strive to meet all nutritional needs of the community with regionally produced foods.
4. Work to prepare for short-term food emergencies and long-term food security.
5. Collaborate with regional partners to achieve all food policy goals.

City of Asheville Food Policy Action Plan

  1. Utilize the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) as a tool to support food policy goals by amending the UDO as needed to remove barriers to local food production and distribution. For example, but not limited to, priorities such as community gardens, urban agriculture, and use of mobile markets in residentially zoned districts under certain circumstances such as farmers markets.
  2. Optimize permitting and regulatory services for farmers markets.
  3. Prioritize partnering to find a long term permanent location for the Asheville City Market.
  4. Pursue establishing local food purchasing policies for the City of Asheville through clarity on existing state legislation as well as state enabling legislation where needed.
  5. Seek partnerships to incorporate regional food and beverage options into the U.S. Cellular Center concessions, as well as city-run events.
  6. Create a public private partnership for implementing a citywide curbside composting program that complements trash and recycling services. A successful partnership would improve regional economic development and provide compost regionally to support healthy ecological soil systems.
  7. Include use of edible landscaping as a priority for public property such as parks, greenways and/or right of ways. In support of this, foster relationships with strong community partners who wish to access edible landscaping and/or use underutilized public land for food production.
  8. Encourage partnerships for food production that supports organic and permaculture principles by identifying arable underutilized city-owned land for lease or sale. Pursue methods to make information about such land available to the public.
  9. Update the city recommended plant list for developers to include edible plants and remove exotic and invasive species.
  10. Include safe and convenient pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connections between residential neighborhoods and community gardens, food banks, grocery stores and farmers markets as a priority when evaluating transportation projects.
  1. Include achieving food policy goals as a priority when allocating Community Development Block Grants.
  2. Support Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council efforts to set baselines and metrics for achieving food policy goals.  Play an active role in providing access to existing city data when needed.
  3. Encourage food distribution by engaging underserved communities who live in food deserts. Support community efforts by co-designing incentives that establish neighborhood based markets that provide healthy food.
  4. Incorporate food policy goals into education programs for city staff and the general public.


ABFPC Calendar of Events

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This is the second session of the FREE four-part workshop series on Use, Misuse, and Alternatives to Pesticides. Our March session brought incredible insight from members of Toxic Free NC out of Raleigh, as well as Brett Laverty from NCDENR. We discussed the history of pesticides, their longevity in the environment and their effects on waterways and the honeybee. Come join us for our April workshop as we look at how pesticides effect migrant workers, and the need for environmentally healthy space for all people, regardless of socioeconomic background. We will also discuss the lack of diversity in environmental organizations. We’re very excited to be having this conversation and hope you will join us. We'll also look further into the effects of pesticides on our wildlife and what that means for human beings: Carl Chesick with the Center for Honeybee Research and Phyllis Stiles with Bee City USA presenting. To complement their presentations, we'll be showing Marla Spivak’s Ted Talk: “What's Killing The Bees?” Keynote Speakers Rosa Saavedra, Community Engagement Manager, Toxic Free NC Raleigh Carl Chesick, Director, Center for Honeybee Research Phyllis Stiles, Founder, Bee City USA & Bee Campus USA Location: 36 Montford Ave Asheville, Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 2nd floor boardroom. Time: Meet and greet with local vendors and light refreshments at 6pm. Workshop will begin at 6:30. A very special thanks to Bountiful Cities for their sponsorship of this important series!! Thanks also to Bountiful Cities, The Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, Loretta's Cafe, HomeGrown, Sunny Point Cafe, West Village Market, Green Sage Cafe, Roots Hummus, Chef Gene Ettison, Short Street Cakes, West End Bakery, French Broad Food Co-Op, Highland Brewing Co. & Catawba Brewing Co.

Asheville Alternatives to Pesticides Presents: Pesticides: Sharing of Environmentally Healthy Space 4 All People, Pollinators, & Wildlife

April 24, 2015, 6:00pm - April 24, 2015, 8:30pm

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