Louisville Grows mission is to grow a just and sustainable community in Louisville, Kentucky, through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education.
Our programs include our Community Gardens, Community Food Forests, Love Louisville Trees reforestation initiative, Healthy House wellness education and arts programming, Citizen Forester and Citizen Gardener volunteer training programs, Urban Growers Series hands-on gardening education program, Hope Farm Refugee Training Farm and CSA, and Seeds and Starts plant sales.
In 2009, Louisville Grows was founded to assist community groups and individuals on their journey towards sustainability. Between 2009-2011, Louisville Grows assisted with the creation of 13 community gardens across Metro Louisville with a focus on food-insecure neighborhoods in West Louisville. In fall 2011, was designated as a 501(c)(3) organization and Louisville Grows worked with Metro Council District 5 to develop a vision for a 5-acre mixed-use agricultural site called the People’s Garden located at 536 North 44th Street, which today houses 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space, a 25-member community garden, fruit orchards, and educational programs, and community gathering space.
In fall 2013, Louisville Grows added a focus of rebuilding the urban tree canopy to our mission with the development of Love Louisville Trees. To date we have planted over 1,500 trees and provide routine inspections to ensure the tree’s success in the first three years after planting. We also manage numerous edible food forests that provide access to seasonal and local fruit for neighborhood residents. Our most recent project, Produce Park in Russell, recently won an architectural design award.
In summer 2015, Louisville Grows partnered with Gate of Hope Ministries to create the Hope Community Farm, a 45-member community garden, farm, and CSA. The urban farm is located at 1400 Bicknell Ave and encompasses 5 acres, and participants are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. The CSA offers 40 shares available to community members with plans to expand in the coming growing seasons.
Louisville Grows has provided support to numerous garden projects, and is proud to recognize partnerships with: Portland Orchard Project, Lamp Community Ministries Garden of Life, Housing Partnership Inc. Community Garden, Jewish Community Center Garden, Garden Commons at UofL, Coleridge Taylor School Garden, Dixie Elementary School Garden, Main Street Community Garden, Harvey Brown Presbyterian Garden, Shawnee Youth Advocates, Gate of Hope Ministries, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Mayor’s SummerWorks program.
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(Photos by Amy Barber and Dustin Alton Strupp)