Louisville Grows' mission is to grow a just and sustainable community through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education.
Our programs include: ten community gardens, four public orchards, the Hope Farm Refugee Training Farm and CSA, the Love Louisville Trees urban reforestation initiative, Healthy House wellness education and arts programming, Citizen Forester and Citizen Gardener volunteer training programs, the Urban Growers Series hands-on gardening education program, and Seeds and Starts plant sales.
In 2009, Louisville Grows was founded to assist community groups and individuals on their journey towards sustainability. Between 2009-2011, Louisville Grows assisted with the creation of 13 community gardens across Metro Louisville with a focus on food-insecure neighborhoods in West Louisville. In fall 2011, Louisville Grows was officially designated as a 501(c)(3) organization and began working with Metro Council District 5 to develop a vision for a 5-acre mixed-use agricultural site. Located at 536 North 44th Street, this site later transformed into the People's Garden, which today houses 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space, a 25-member community garden, a fruit orchard, educational programs, and community gathering space. Louisville Grows later worked with community members to start the Shippingport Memorial Garden in Portland, the Community Green School in Parkland, and the Hope Community Garden in Beechmont. After releasing the Louisville Grows
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