Knoxville Regional Foodshed Assessment (March 2014)
As part of the Plan East Tennessee regional planning partnership, a regional foodshed assessment was conducted for an 11 county region surrounding Knoxville. The goal of this assessment is to:
a) Evaluate current food production in the Knoxville region, and identify strong points and missing components.
b) Measure the economic impacts of increasing local food production.
c) Recommend next-steps in building our local food system.Learn about the benefits of increasing regional agricultural production for local consumption and our capacity to meet residents’ rising demand for food grown here, in East Tennessee.
Food Distribution and Consumption in Knoxville: Exploring Food-Related Local Planning Issues (1977)
In the summer of 1977, a planning professor at the University of Tennessee, Robert L. Wilson, and nine graduate students began to look at Knoxville’s urban food system. Their document “Food Distribution and Consumption in Knoxville: Exploring Food-Related Local Planning Issues” identified areas of Knoxville where food access was limited. Their work help spur the creation of the first Food Policy Council in the world in Knoxville in 1982 and helped encourage the City to look at efforts to promote grocery retailers into areas where access was limited. Thanks to the University of Tennessee Libraries Digital Collections for creating the high resolution digital .pdf for the Food Policy Council.
Continuing the tradition of collaboration between the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council, several reports have been produced by faculty and students related to Knoxville’s food system. The Food Policy Council has also continued to study issues in our communities, holding community meetings and producing reports that recommend action items to address the challenges in our food system. Below are some of the more recent reports that have been produced.
Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council Spring 2013: Community Research Findings and Recommendations
This report is the result of community meetings held in the Spring of 2013 on “Food Access” and “Farm to Fork.” This document contains recommendations for local government and others in the community to take for the betterment of our local food system. Produced by the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council.
The WIC & KAT Intersection: A Community Needs Assessment of Urban Public Transportation Routes to Grocery Stores in Knox County, Tennessee, 2012
In 2012, University of Tennessee graduate students in the Department of Nutrition looked at the intersection of the the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Knoxville Area Transit (KAT), Knoxville’s bus transit system. The purpose of the project was to “assess the adequacy, accessibility and convenience of public transportation used by WIC participants when purchasing food purchasing foods delineated on selected WIC vouchers.” A video documenting some of the students experiences is available on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbtq41pOEno
Knoxville-Knox County Community Garden Toolkit (2011)
This toolkit is for anyone in the Knoxville or Knox County area interested in beginning a sustainable community garden in their neighborhood. It will walk you through gathering a group of interested people, overcoming barriers such as acquiring land and getting access to water, addressing some legal issues such as gardening contracts and by-laws, gardening development, and identifying potential costs and grant agencies.
Food Matters: An Overview of the Local Food System Economy in Knox County (2011)
In 2011, the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council produced this 6-page bulletin on the positive impact that locally and regionally sourced food can have on our economy. This document was presented to City Council and County Commission.