Seems like Louisville keeps popping up on just about everybody’s Top Ten lists lately; and now, Mother Earth Living has named our town one of the Ten Best Cities for Urban Gardening. If you’ve always wanted to try out your green thumb, now’s your chance.
Whether you garden in your backyard or at a community garden plot, you can now attend a series of community meetings that will discuss safety of urban gardening, hosted by your Metro Government, the Extension Service, and the UofL.
The series is geared toward anyone interested in learning more about gardening in Louisville, to develop practices to keep their gardens and themselves safe and healthy, to create a network of urban gardeners, and to increase awareness of resources available to support safe urban gardening.
The first community meeting will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Southwest Government Center from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The second meeting will take place at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 18, at the East Government Center, and a third will be held at the Downtown Public Library at a date to be determined.
The series will also include the development of demonstration community gardens, soil testing and the creation of a design and policy guide for individuals and organizations interested in creating a new community garden.
The community meetings will be held by the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) and Louisville Metro’s Department of Economic Growth and Innovation.
This project is funded through the Community Transformation Grant awarded to Louisville Metro in 2012. The grant is designed to support community-wide strategies to increase healthy eating and active living, chronic disease prevention and tobacco cessation.
For more information, call Jefferson County Extension Office, at 569.2344, or CEPM at 852.5042.
You might also want to check out Brightside’s Community Garden Program, which has been in existence for over 19 years managing 10 of Louisville’s 16 gardens. There have been talks by city officials of increasing the number of gardens to 26, one for each district in Louisville.
The individual gardens have different roles within the community. Some of the plots are tended by individual gardeners whereas others are owned by charities that produce fresh food for those in need. There are also community teaching gardens that partner with local schools to supply outdoor learning spaces and classes on sustainable living.
Photos Courtesy Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service