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LOUISVILLE, KY (April 22, 2017) – Louisville Grows is planting the seeds for a greener community in the California, Hazelwood, Hikes Point, Portland, and Shawnee neighborhoods. Louisville Grows awarded seven community gardens with up to $1,000 of in-kind or financial support to start or expand community garden programming across Louisville. The gardens include: California Community Garden, the Jewish Community Center Garden in Hikes Point, the Paul Poston Garden in California (New Directions Housing Corporation), the Brandeis Garden in California (New Directions Housing Corporation), the Roosevelt Garden in Portland (New Directions Housing Corporation), Shawnee Garden of Principles, and the South Points Community Garden in Hazelwood. Louisville Grows now supports a total of 235 families in community gardens throughout the city in planting, growing, harvesting, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
In January 2017, Louisville Grows introduced the Community Garden Toolkit, which assists neighborhoods in starting or expanding community gardens. The Community Garden Toolkit guides community members through the process of obtaining land, accessing water, drawing plot maps, organizing leadership roles, and more. Louisville Grows then released the Garden Grant in February 2017 which provides up to $1,000 to start or expand community gardens throughout the city, with a focus on food-insecure or under-served neighborhoods. “Our garden provides the opportunity for individuals to not only grow their own food, but it allows them to take ownership of a piece of the community,” says Theresa Mince, one of the garden leaders of the Shawnee Garden of Principles. “It provides educational opportunities for local school children, and a place where families can bond and create lasting memories.” For households making difficult choices between feeding their children or paying for rent, medicine, or utilities, local community gardens offer a cost-effective means for putting fresh, healthy food on the table.
Louisville’s metropolitan area ranks 12th nationwide among cities facing the most hardship for food insecurity. About one in four Louisville households with children polled answered “yes” when asked whether they lacked money in the last 12 months to buy food, according to a Gallup poll of 176,000 households across the United States. “The purpose of building this garden in our community is to find other resources for obtaining healthy foods for our families,” say DeNisha Harbison and Chad Golden, the garden leaders of the new California Community Garden. “Many of the families in our communities are located in food deserts and have to travel far to obtain high-quality produce. By providing this garden, our community will have a reliable alternative for getting healthier foods and making sure those foods are accessible to everyone who needs them in the community.”
Louisville Grows’ mission is to grow a just and sustainable community through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Louisville Grows supports three community gardens and one urban farm, in addition to the seven gardens sponsored through the Community Garden Grant. Louisville Grows also manages four public orchards and has planted over 1,800 trees since 2009.