Food Insecurity in Knoxville

  IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  Two hands cupped together holding raspberries.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Two hands cupped together holding raspberries.

Beardsley Farm was originally started in 1998 to address food insecurity and provide a source of healthy, organic, locally grown produce for Mechanicsville residents. Before the construction of the Food City on the corner of Western Ave. and Middlebrook Pike in 2007, Mechanicsville was considered a food desert. A "food desert" is an area without access to fresh produce, largely because of a lack of grocery stores, within a mile radius. For those who depend on public transportation, or use bikes or walking as their means of transportation, traveling a mile or more to the nearest grocery store can become an inconvenient and burdensome task.  


  IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  A person wearing a green flannel shirt holding a large blue basket filled with various vegetables.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A person wearing a green flannel shirt holding a large blue basket filled with various vegetables.

  IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  A cardboard box holding various produce. Clockwise from left to bottom right: beets, kale, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fennel seed.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A cardboard box holding various produce. Clockwise from left to bottom right: beets, kale, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fennel seed.

Produce Donations

Beardsley Farm grows over 100 different  fruits and vegetables and donates 10,000 pounds of produce annually. Produce donations go to a variety of Knoxville kitchens and pantries, including Mobile Meals, KARM, Global Seeds, and the Family Crisis Center. 

  IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  A close-up of tomatoes. The right third of the image has yellow and red heirloom and roma tomatoes. The other two-thirds of the image have orange, red, and yellow cherry tomatoes in nine small turquoise cartons.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A close-up of tomatoes. The right third of the image has yellow and red heirloom and roma tomatoes. The other two-thirds of the image have orange, red, and yellow cherry tomatoes in nine small turquoise cartons.

  IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  An egg carton holding 19 brown, white, and blue eggs.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: An egg carton holding 19 brown, white, and blue eggs.

Every year, we donate over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to a variety of Knoxville food pantries and kitchens. 

  IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  A large collard greens plant. Two hands wearing purple gloves are holding back some leaves in order to cut some other with the knife that is held in one hand.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A large collard greens plant. Two hands wearing purple gloves are holding back some leaves in order to cut some other with the knife that is held in one hand.