Citizen Gardeners are Louisville Grows Urban Agriculture’s trained volunteers who plant gardens, grow community green spaces, and work with their friends, family, and neighbors to grow a greener community.

Louisville Grows’ Citizen Gardener Training mobilizes community volunteers by walking participants through the basics of plant anatomy and physiology, assessing land for garden opportunities, plant identification and selection for different garden spaces, and teaches our garden volunteers how to organize, build, and care for their gardens using Louisville Grows’ Community Garden Toolkit.

Citizen Gardener training is for individuals of all abilities, from 12 years old and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult), and no prior training is necessary. The class includes lunch and a Citizen Gardener t-shirt, and is $25 with scholarships available (contact for scholarship information). After certification, Citizen Gardeners will be offered volunteer opportunities such as building raised beds, working on the farm, assisting in our greenhouse for fall starts, composting, and more.

Does this sound like something you want to be a part of?

Join our Citizen Gardener team! Louisville Grows is looking for motivated and trained leaders to work with urban garden leaders across the city to help grow a green, bountiful community. Participants are expected to attend a Citizen Gardener training session and commit to at least two urban agriculture volunteer events each year. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with urban growers and farmers, and gain technical gardening and nature stewardship experience while working side-by-side with your neighbors and friends in Louisville.

Citizen Gardener trainings are offered in the spring (February – March) and late summer (July-September) to correspond with spring and fall growing seasons.

Find all our upcoming Urban Agriculture events on our Volunteer and Event Calendar!