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We consider buffer zones to be an important part of our market gardening plan.  Even though we do not plan to be certified organic or naturally grown, we practice the growing standards of these certification practices.

Therefore, it is critical to us to have an adequate buffer on all sides of our gardens in order to control storm water and over spray.



The East border is next to the St. Therese Catholic Church. Their lawn care person only mows the lawn, then weed eats and leaf blows the cuttings.

Potential risk if they spray their lawn is the storm water runoff from their yard. During a storm, the water runs directly from their yard into ours.

We have set up a rain garden to manage the storm runoff and do not grow crops in the buffer zone.


The West border is connected to an empty field. The property owner only mows and uses the weed eater.  They don’t spray anything and they very quickly mow the lawn then leave.


The South border is connected to a wooded lot owned by Tennessee Valley Authority. The only thing they do to the property is keep the trees trimmed away from the power lines.

We are uphill from their property and are not in danger of any runoff.


The North border is connected to Charles G. Seivers Blvd and the city sidewalk system.

To prevent the city from spraying the sidewalk area with chemicals, we have removed all of the grass and have added a very thick wood chip buffer in the ditch to prevent storm water from entering our gardens.


This property has a wooded buffer zone on three sides.  The property is located on a hill and no neighboring property runs off into our gardens.   The side that is not wooded is protected by a large area of unused lawn between the properties.  We maintain weed control in this buffer zone.