Frequently Asked Questions
I HAVE DRIVEN DOWN REYNOLDS STREET BUT I CAN'T SEE YOUR FARM. WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED EXACTLY?
Our physical address is 1741 Reynolds Street Knoxville, TN 37921. You can see a map here!
If you are traveling west on Western Avenue heading away from downtown, you'll go through the 17th St. intersection and also the Middlebrook/University Avenue intersection. You will see a Food City on the left and will start go to up hill. At the crest of the hill, the News Sentinel building is on the left and Reynolds Street is the street directly across from it. Turn right on Reynolds. After 800 yards, turn left into the gravel road, there will be a sign that says "Ed Cothren Pool." Follow the road uphill to the right, past the basket ball courts. You will see the Beardsley Education Center, greenhouse and barn. Parking is available near by the Education Center and additional parking is available near the barn. For farm events and large volunteer workdays, overflow parking is available next-door at the Wesley House and Ed Cothren Pool.
Call (865) 546-8446 if you have trouble finding us.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE A RESERVATION TO COME AND VOLUNTEER? WHAT ABOUT SCHEDULING LARGE GROUPS?
Please call us at 865-546-8446 or email us at least a day in advance to schedule a time to volunteer so that we can plan our day accordingly. For large groups of 5 or more volunteers, we ask that you call at least a week in advance if possible. Saturday workdays are open to the community, and volunteers do not need to schedule a time, but it is nice to get a heads up for large groups. To learn about our next Saturday workday, check out our events page.
I HAVE TO COMPLETE REQUIRED COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS. HOW CAN I LOG MY HOURS AT BEARDSLEY FARM?
Every volunteer signs in and out to log his or her hours during each shift, and it is the volunteer's responsibility to do so. We have worked with volunteers to complete service requirements for school, scholarship, court service, and more. Whether you need us to sign a service log, e-mail your professor, or print a letter, we are happy to work with you to ensure your hours are recorded.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WHEN I VOLUNTEER?
You should bring yourself, a water bottle, clothes you can move in and get dirty, and closed toed shoes (no sandals). Please dress in accordance with the weather (sunscreen, a hat, raincoat/rain pants, winter jacket etc.) We have clean, running water at the farm where you can fill up your water bottle and a very well kept Porta-Potty where you can change.
Beardsley Farm provides all the tools and training you will need. We have plenty of gloves, but bring your own if you wish!
If you are volunteering for the whole day or for several hours you may want to consider bringing a snack. The farm team takes lunch everyday for 45 minutes between the hours of 12:00 and 1:30pm and our volunteers are always welcome to eat with us. We have a refrigerator and a microwave located in our barn.
CAN I BRING MY CHILD TO BEARDSLEY WHILE I VOLUNTEER?
Children are welcome at Beardsley Farm as long as they are supervised by their guardian. If your child is willing and able to participate on the farm they are more than welcome to help us with tasks such as weeding and harvesting.
CAN I BRING MY PET?
We kindly ask that only service animals be brought to the farm.
CAN I DRINK OR SMOKE AT THE FARM?
Beardsley Farm is located within a public park, so there are no open containers allowed anywhere within the park at any time. We kindly ask that smokers do so 20 yards outside of the Beardsley fences.
WHERE DOES ALL OF YOUR FOOD GO? CAN I BUY ANY OF YOUR PRODUCE?
All of the food grown at Beardsley is donated to a variety of Knoxville kitchens and pantries, including Mobile Meals, KARM, Global Seeds, and the Family Crisis Center.
The only food that we sell is our honey, which we harvest every fall. If you are interested in purchasing honey, contact us in early September to request a jar. But don't dawdle because honey that pure and sweet goes fast!
IS BEARDSLEY A CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARM?
No, Beardsley Farm is not certified organic. Beardsley does, however, grow using all organic practices, including companion planting, cover cropping, and crop rotations. We do not use any chemical pesticides, chemically-derived fertilizers, or GMO seeds. If you are interested in learning more about how we grow and please visit our farm!
CAN I GET A DONATION OF VEGETABLES FOR MYSELF?
Unfortunately, we are unable to meet the individual demands of all our community members for vegetables. Our limited resources at the farm require that we use what we have to benefit the greatest number of people, which is why we donate exclusively to organizations.
If you are interested in volunteering in exchange for produce, check out our WorkShare CSA program. Click here if you are interested in finding out more about this unique program.
CAN I PURCHASE PLANTS OR SEEDS?
Beardsley Farm has an annual spring plant sale, and often sells at the Earth Fest event. We host a free Seed Swap event in late February which coincides with our first Saturday workday of the year. Check our events page for more information. You may qualify to receive free seeds and plants through the CAC Green Thumb Seed and Plant Distribution. Click here for more information.
CAN I BRING MY FOOD SCRAPS? CAN I PICK UP COMPOST?
Unfortunately, we do not accept food waste from households. Our compost system is at capacity with Beardsley's own green waste. We also do not have excess finished compost for donations.
CAN I DONATE USED TOOLS OR FARM EQUIPMENT?
Yes, we depend on donations and community support so that we can give back those in need in Knoxville. Tools will be used heavily and often. Well-crafted tools can stand up to years of use, but lower-end tools tend to break more quickly. We ask that when you consider your donation, purchase the highest quality tools you feel you can afford and that any pre-used equipment be in good and working condition. See our Donate page for more information.