About

This mapping tool shows comprehensive information about the current urban agricultural landscape in Memphis and Shelby County.

The Data collected for the mapping tool includes current farms and gardens, as well as services and markets available to the general public. With this mapping tool, communities have better information and a centralized resource for activities such as starting a farm and purchasing locally grown produce. Communities can update and add new activities to the map and will be able to find data points that are most relevant. Existing gardens and farms can locate other gardens and farms to build social capital, share resources, and locate volunteers. Residents are able to search for nearby farmers markets and CSAs. Lastly, the map provides valuable resources, accessible to all communities in Memphis and Shelby County.

Purpose of the Map
This Food Landscape map is designed as a crowd-sourced map, or rather, as a community-sourced map. We designed the map this way so that YOU can contribute to the map online through your computer or mobile device. Our community food system is active, dynamic, and ever changing and so is this map. As such, we need your help to add all of the information about the gardens, farms, markets, and more that you know about and interact with. To add a feature you will click on +Add a map feature in the top green bar. To view the features you will need to click on the icon on the far right that looks like stacked paper and check the box to show one or any combination of features you would like to view on the map. To make sure that you add your point of interest to the right group, the features listed are defined as:

  • Gardens - This label refers to any piece of ground, often near a house, used for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables. Generally, though, these neighborhood gardens do not sell what they grow.
  • School/Institutional Gardens - School gardens are cultivated areas around or near to schools, tended at least partly by learners Institutional Gardens are defined as gardens attached to either public or private organizations such as churches, businesses, non-profit organizations, etc. Because these gardens are run by private organizations they are generally not open to the public, except in limited cases.
  • Market Garden/Urban Farm - A garden or farm growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and/or flowers specifically to sell to the public, generally at one of the markets listed on this map.
  • Commercial Farm - A large-scale production of crops for sale, intended for widespread distribution to wholesalers or retail outlets
  • Government Service - A service provided by the government
  • Technical Assistance - Institutions that provide assistance with agricultural information, principles, and practices to local growers.
  • Markets - Public location for the purpose of selling agricultural products
  • Services - The supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, goods or services such as seeds, soil, fertilizer, or other agricultural products, required by the public.
  • Funders/Financial Resources - Provides money or financial support for agricultural or food systems projects
  • Land Bank Vacant Properties - Shelby County owned property that is available for purchase or donation

  • Please note that if you are adding a location that does not have a post office recognized numbered address that you will need to find the closest address to the location and under "description" explain where the location is relative to the address listed. For example " directly across the street from the address posted" or " at the corner of ___________ and _______________".

    If you have any questions or experience any issues with the mapping tool please email us at info@growmemphis.org or call 901-552-4298.
    Landbank Property data was obtained from the Shelby County Landbank.
    ZIP Code Census data obtained from 2012 American Community Survey 5-year estimate data.
    Food Desert data obtained from the USDA Food Access Research Atlas Data file.
    The Food Advisory Council for Memphis and Shelby Council Working Groups focus on projects that include but are not limited to: land use and access for urban agriculture, equitable healthy food access, farmers markets, economic and community development, sustainability, school gardens, nutrition education, and local, regional, and national food policy.
    Subplanning funds, for the development of the web map, were awarded from Shelby County Government in association with the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant awarded to the county for the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability.
    The Food Advisory Council for Memphis and Shelby County
    3573 Southern Ave.
    Memphis, TN 38111
    (901)-552-4298
    www.growmemphis.org