Current AmeriCorps Members: Alex Bonner & Jake Resor
Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018
CAC Beardsley Community Farm is an urban demonstration site that has promoted food security and sustainable urban agriculture through practice, education, and community outreach since 1998. The half-acre main site sits on the former grounds of Beardsley Junior High School. In 1996, the City of Knoxville provided funds to convert the abandoned school grounds into a garden and build a greenhouse. The same year, the Community Action Committee (CAC) received a grant to complete the conversion. They have come a long way since their first planting, which was done in a few dozen baby pools filled with soil. Every year, they have built or amended raised beds, added functional structural elements, and become more involved in the surrounding community. Presently, Beardsley Farm has raspberry and blackberry brambles; muscadine grapes and blueberries; a young orchard of fruit and nut trees; and a community garden, all situated on six and a half acres of a public park—in addition to the half-acre demonstration site. The Farm is maintained by a farm manager, a small team of AmeriCorps members, and numerous volunteers from the Knoxville community.
CAC Beardsley Community Farm has several goals within the community. They exist to educate people of all ages about the possibilities and methods of organic and sustainable urban gardening. The farm team offers structured workshops on such specialized skills as vermicomposting, beekeeping, mushroom logs, urban hen-keeping, and more. Beardsley also gains great satisfaction knowing that the bounty of the farm serves to nourish our community. To give back, all of the vegetables raised at CAC Beardsley Farm are donated to Family Crisis Center, Bridge Refugee Services, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM), and Western Heights Baptist Center.
Partner Website: http://beardsleyfarm.org/