Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Metro Mary, Quite Contrary

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Did you know that if you own a vacant lot in the Urban Services District of Davidson County it is illegal to grow a garden on that property if that is the primary use? It is also illegal for individuals or community gardens to grow vegetables to sell for commercial purposes unless they are grown on land zoned for agriculture use in the General Services District.

Councilman Jason Holleman 24 is looking to change all that. He is sponsoring a bill to define both commercial and non-commercial community gardening so that the 10 or so neighborhood gardens currently operating in Davidson County will be able to continue operating within the letter of the law.

To help draw awareness to this issue, Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee are hosting a garden showcase tour from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 13.

The press release says, "In case of light rain/sprinkle, the tour will continue as planned so bring an umbrella. Heavy rain and lightning will postpone the event so please see the Food Security Partners website for rescheduling information."

Hearty souls, those urban pioneers.

The featured gardens are listed after the jump.

C. E. McGruder Community Garden, 2013 25th Ave N, 37208

Chestnut Hill Community Garden, Johnson School, Corner of 1st Ave., South & Chestnut, 37210

EarthMatters/Carver Food Park, 1101 Gale Lane, 37204

Edgehill Community Gardens, 14th Ave. S. & Horton Ave. 37212

Nashville Urban Harvest, 1211 57th Ave North, 37209

Old Hickory Village Community Garden, 1105 Hadley Ave, Old Hickory 37138

Shelby Park Discovery/ Community Garden, 401 South 20th Street 37206

Wedgewood Urban Gardens, 613 Wedgewood Ave., 37203

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