Louisville Grows partnered with Gate of Hope Ministries International, a refugee resettlement organization, to develop the Hope Community Garden at 1400 Bicknell Ave. The garden provides plots for 35 families to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.
Louisville Metro Housing Authority leases seven acres to Louisville Grows for this community garden and farm. The rest of the property has also been developed into a community recreational wellness space; KentuckyOne Health grows fresh food for their hospitals and Food Literacy Project is opening a garden site for children’s instruction as well.
Gate of Hope recruited 35 resettled refugee and new American families that live in the neighborhood to participate in the Hope Community Garden. Each family received a garden plot, as well as environmental education and agricultural training. Additionally, Louisville Grows recruited ten garden members for Hope Community Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which distributes weekly boxes of produce to 25 subscribers. Louisville Grows staff support the CSA growers with the resources needed to run a successful and profitable CSA program.
Finally, the most important component to the Hope Community Garden project is community engagement. We are excited to involve parents, neighbors, and the wider community in conversations about food insecurity and urban agriculture through on site events and participation in the CSA program.