History of Knox City Farms
Knox City Farms (Old City Gardens) was started by Randy and Jenny Boyd, and managed by Brenna Wright from Abbey Fields Farms on April 1st, 2016. The gardens were originally patterned after Fenway Gardens in Boston, with the hope of folks living downtown having the ability to grow their own food. Knox City Farms has thirty private raised bed gardens available for folks to rent out and a larger 1/4-acre space which has been cultivated by Brenna, and other volunteers in the downtown area.
On the premises there is a:
- Small shed that contains basic gardening tools for use by everyone, allowing people to walk or bike to the garden without having to bring equipment,
- A pavilion that provides shade and a spot for community gatherings, education, and small events
- Water for watering the plants and for washing vegetables will also be available on-site
Over the past 5 years, Knox City Farms has produced thousands of pounds of food, connected with at least a dozen downtown_ restaurants and businesses in Knoxville, and last year even provided a salad CSA for folks in the downtown community.