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 free, four-part series will take place on the last Friday of March, April, May and June. The series runs as follows: March 27: Dream of a Toxic-Free NC April 24: Pesticides Kill More Than Pests: Keeping Bees and Other Wildlife Safe May 29: Towns That Are Reducing Their Pesticide Footprint June 26: It All Starts At Home: Alternatives to Chemical Pesticides. Sessions are being held at the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville - Lenoir-Rhyne University from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on the above dates. Among our confirmed speakers and panelists are: Toxic Free NC on history, policy, and impacts on farm workers Brett Laverty, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bee City USA Safe Grow Montgomery (in Maryland, one of the first municipal pesticide bans in the US) Michael Wells, who transitioned from conventional to organic farming Dylan-Ryals Hamilton with Transition Asheville Randal Pfleger with Bountiful Cities/Grass2Greens Ryan Eckhart & C. J. McGrath with LOTUS Garden Tea Company We are working with many other local resources to confirm their participation as speakers and workshop resources to thoroughly explore each topic area. If you're interested in presenting, let us know! It is our intention to celebrate Asheville as a city in transition, a city willing to take a hard look at what it’s going to take to create the kind of resiliency necessary for a sustainable future. In addition to educating our citizenry – and no doubt learning from them as well – we want to draw attention to the need for collaboration with City officials. Light refreshments will be served each evening, and our sponsors include @[56042594959:274:Sunny Point Café], @[309494637722:274:Loretta's Cafe], @[137775926265180:274:West End Bakery] @[127581127288511:274:HomeGrown], @[123128261080262:274:EarlyGirlEatery], @[130489930345581:274:Green Sage Cafe], @[50970288929:274:French Broad Food Co-op], @[44380914634:274:Highland Brewing Company] and Catawba Brewing. "Join" us for more information, and save these dates! March 27, April 24, May 29, and June 26. We are looking for volunteers and additional sponsors to cover refreshments. Tabling is free, so please do consider sharing your passion with like-minded folk.

Pesticides: Use, Misuse and Alternatives

March 27, 2015, 6:00pm - March 27, 2015, 8:00pm

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