About

The  Community Garden Program seeks to establish community gardens across Knox County for residents who do not have access to land.  Around 25 gardens are maintained by CAC, which are located in a variety of places, from city parks to public housing communities.  

Every year we register over 150 Knox Country residents for garden plots, and provide some technical assistance as needed. Plot sizes vary by site and gardeners' needs. Interested in a community garden plot? Gardeners are also qualified for our Seed and Plant Distribution, which you can learn more about here

For more information on community gardens, call Adam Caraco at                  

(865) 254-5721 or e-mail him at adam.caraco@knoxcac.org

Before   IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  An overgrown grass lot in front of an apartment building.

Before

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: An overgrown grass lot in front of an apartment building.

After   IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  A large cleared-out, tilled rectangle of soil in front of an apartment building ready for gardening!

After

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A large cleared-out, tilled rectangle of soil in front of an apartment building ready for gardening!

Garden Locations

Austin Homes
Blueberry Ridge
Cagle Terrace
Golden Age Apts
Horizon House
Lonsdale Homes
Love Tower
Maude Booth Gardens
Montgomery Village
Morningside Garden (Hardy Park)*
Morningside Community Garden
Mountain Park Villa
New Covenant Presbyterian*
New Harvest Park
Northgate Terrace*
Pleasant Tree
Ridgebrook Garden
St. Mary’s Riverview
Tabarnacle Baptist Church
Vestal Boys and Girls Club
Western Heights
Westview Towers
Willowplace and Riverburch

*open to the public

Community Garden Rules

  • Please maintain a neat garden.  Do not litter or allow it to become overgrown with weeds.  The garden is considered overgrown when weeds are taller than 24 inches.

  • Respect other gardeners and do not steal from their plots.  If there is a community spot then feel free to grab a vegetable.

  • Read all labels when adding fertilizer or pesticides to your garden and follow instructions.  Do not fertilize or use pesticides in any garden but your own.

  • By October 20th remove trellises, stakes, strings, or any other debris that will make tilling more difficult.

  • If there are empty spots and you would like one, contact adam.carabo@knoxcac.org for a garden application.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  A lush community garden filled with a variety of plants and vegetables.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A lush community garden filled with a variety of plants and vegetables.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  Two people stand in front of a community garden and small sunflower patch. They each have an arm around the other, and with their other hands are together holding out an obscured piece of produce.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Two people stand in front of a community garden and small sunflower patch. They each have an arm around the other, and with their other hands are together holding out an obscured piece of produce.