WDRB: Louisville Grows Moves into New Portland Headquarters!

“Louisville Grows is moving into its new headquarters on Portland Avenue in a building called the Healthy House, designed as a hub for its educational programs.”

“‘While we helped to develop some of the green spaces, some of the orchards and the gardens, we really put it back in the community’s hands,’ Pendergrass said. ‘So they’re really involved and engaged. They get to know their neighbors better. It improves safety just by having a green kind of oasis in the middle of your neighborhood. And just that beautification really helps with community buy-in and ownership and pride in your community.’

The new location will be the hub for educational programming. The energy-efficient building is designed as a community space to connect the public to health, wellness and green education. Once everything is up and running, it’ll officer activity and classroom space, a commercial kitchen for cooking classes, and a hanging garden and car-charging station outside.

“We have a green roof that’s going to be installed,” Pendergrass said. “And we’re going to have two rain gardens and demonstration spaces for environmental applications and gardening spaces.”

The Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, along with philanthropist Christina Lee Brown, funded the Healthy House. REALM Construction donated much of the materials and labor to make it a reality. Many other local groups helped provide other pieces of the project. Louisville Grows is still looking for some furniture donations before opening to the public.

There will be a grand opening on March 24, and the public is welcome to join in the celebration.”

Read the full article HERE!

(Photo from WDRB)

We’re Hiring: Urban Agriculture Assistant

We’re hiring an Urban Agriculture Assistant! This is an amazing learning opportunity for a budding small farmer and community organizer. A significant part of the Urban Agriculture Assistant’s responsibilities will be carrying out on-farm education through demonstrating and delegating tasks for the farmers and gardeners. Other responsibilities will primarily be communication and education to support our community members in the gardens. This position is for someone who aims to fill bellies, hearts, and minds; aches for dirty hands; has the greenest thumb in the land; and knows that true success depends on the success of your neighbor.

Click here for the application!

Healthy House Art Gallery Now Accepting Applications!

HEALTHY HOUSE ART EXHIBITION

New Beginnings (March 24 to June 9th, 2017)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 8th

Exhibition Title: Healthy House: New Beginnings      

Curator: Brianna

Email: brianna@louisvillegrows.org

Description Of Exhibition: The first gallery exhibition in the Healthy House. Louisville Grows’ mission is to facilitate community building for wellness and togetherness. As we move into a new building and this new chapter as an organization, we encourage others to reflect on the theme of New Beginnings as well.

Click HERE for Application

Guidelines:

  1. Size restrictions: 2D- 2 x 3ft; 3D- 2 x 2 x 5ft

To Enter:

  1. Complete the Entry Form
  2. Email to Brianna Harlan, brianna@louisvillegrows.org

**Make sure to include on the subject line ”HH ART Submission”

Deadline:

Entry Deadline is March 8, 2017.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance on or before March 14, 2017. If accepted:

  1. Art must be dropped off March 15th or 18th, noon-3pm
  2. Art must be picked up June 10th or June 14th, noon- 3pm
  3. Art must be wired for hanging/installation-ready
  4. Opening reception is March 24th 12-6pm

Louisville Grows Works to Address Food Deserts

“Under the management of Craig and Jenny Kute, the Save-A-Lot on Taylor Boulevard is a vital hub for the local food renaissance underway in the Iroquois neighborhood. At 14,000 square feet with just five check out lanes, the Save-A-Lot is a hard discounter that also sells fresh produce and ethnic foods like dried chiles and tamale wrappers.

…Behind the store, two dozen immigrant growers farming at Hope Farm with help from the nonprofit Louisville Grows, sold some of their produce to Save-A-Lot. People purchasing farmers market produce with food stamps were able to double their dollars via a grant administered by the city and Community Farm Alliance. The Save-A-Lot also promotes the South Points Community Garden, where neighbors grow their own food on land formerly occupied by the Iroquois Homes behind the grocery.

At the new farmer’s market, Kute said she also sourced cantaloupes, watermelons, squash and cilantro at wholesale prices for retail sale in the store during the week.

“I shop my own store every week. I’m able to look at my store as a customer would. I feel that is how we’ve been able to be successful,” Kute said. “People see their friends at the store. They see the farm behind. It really feels like a community store.””

Check out the full story by the Courier Journal HERE!

Jessica Pendergrass Calls for Supporting New Tree Ordinance

Check out this article by Jes Pendergrass, our interim Executive Director, about the need to support the new tree ordinance in Louisville.

“At Louisville Grows, we know that trees build communities. After planting nearly 1,500 trees in neighborhoods in recent years through our Love Louisville Trees program, we see the connection that grows over the fresh-turned soil of a newly-planted tree and under the canopy of long-standing specimens. For every tree we plant, however, about 80 are lost. This is where the work of protecting existing trees is helped by the public-tree ordinance proposed by Council members Bill Hollander and Cheri Bryant Hamilton.”

Courier Journal: Ordinance seeks robust Louisville tree canopy

We were so excited to attend the press announcement this morning with Councilman Hollander and Councilwoman Hamilton to share the good news about Metro Louisville’s proposed tree protection ordinance. The ordinance will ensure the replacement of trees in public right-of-ways to sustain our city’s tree canopy. We are grateful for our council member’s attention to this important issue. You can read more in the Courier Journal article here.

(Photo from Courier Journal)

Sierra Club: Refugees Grow Vegetables and Hope

“I have an education. From the moment I could walk, I was learning to farm.”

Our ten amazing CSA growers at the Hope Community Farm are “a reminder that although often defined by the circumstances that brought them here or the country or continent they were born in, each one, like all of us, has a wealth of knowledge to share regardless of whether they hold a degree.”

We are thankful that refugee and new American families can succeed in our country. America’s diversity, these farmers, and other program participants at Louisville Grows #giveushope.

Learn more about Hope Community Farm in this article from the Sierra Club.

(Image from Fiona Martin, Sierra Club)

Louisville Grows November Newsletter

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Wondering what projects you can get involved with in your community? Sign up for the Louisville Grows monthly newsletter to receive information about upcoming events and volunteer days, as well as organizational updates such as stories from our Hope Community Farm and announcements about staff or volunteers!

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