Louisville Grows partnered with Gate of Hope Ministries International, a refugee resettlement organization, to develop the Hope Community Garden at 1400 Bicknell Ave.

Louisville Metro Housing Authority is currently leasing seven acres to Louisville Grows for this community garden, and the rest of the property will eventually be developed by KentuckyOne Health into a community recreational wellness space.

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.

In response to extensively identified needs for mental health services for the local refugee trauma survivor population, Gate of Hope provides trauma counseling services for refugee participants in the Hope Community Garden Program. The Hope Community Garden program utilizes cross-cultural therapy dynamics and nature-based programs for mental health and wellness. Counseling sessions take place in the garden setting, integrating garden education and activity.

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. Contact whitney@louisvillegrows.org if you are interested in visiting or volunteering.