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The urban garden - demystified

If you’ve always dreamed of having your own garden, growing your own food and having fresh-picked herbs any time you want them but never could quite make that dream a reality, then this, dear reader, is for you. Yes, even you can learn what to plant where, when to plant it and how to keep a garden growing all year long. How? By using simple instructions, checklists and materials and ongoing support from a local community of farmers and resources.

15Thousand Farmers is a local effort whose aim is to create, empower and inspire 15,000 new organic farmers in Louisville – growing their own food in their own yards and communities over the next five years. The group supplies any would-be farmer almost everything you need to start growing a simple and easy food, herb and flower garden in your own yard. You do need a yard – or somewhat of a yard. You need a 4’x4’ plot of earth . . . somewhere. And as for all of those nifty gardening accessories, you can sign up for a 15Thousand Farmer "Dirt Card" to get discounts at local business that carry soil, organic seeds, compost, tools and other farming and gardening supplies like Naturally Horton's and Fresh Start Growers.

So far, the group has had one informational meeting that packed the basement at the Clifton Unitarian Church with over 200 potential gardeners eager to get started. If you missed it, don’t worry. The next meeting is scheduled for March 27, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Clifton Center. There will be a composting demonstration (something that piques my curiosity in an “eewww” kind of way) and Heine Brother’s coffee (which luckily cancels out my previous mental image of the composting demonstration) provided by the founding sponsor of the project.

A workshop called “The Very Very Basics: Growing 101” will be offered twice this month; once on March 13th from 9:00 to 11:00am at The Montessori School of Louisville and again on March 27th from 9:00 to 11:00am at Mama’s Hip. There’s also a Facebook page where joiners can communicate and share ideas and get project updates.
 

Comments

  • Virginia Bush 4 years ago

    Great article and info and so timely. I qualified to be a farmer so I joined.
    Thanks for keeping me in the loop in the Lou!

    Virginia

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