urban agriculture

Food & Drink Week
6:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Gabe Eggs on Louisville's Urban Chicken Keepers

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Five years ago, urban chickens were something for explorers, pioneers, homesteaders (hippies). Backyard chickens were a novelty. Because even if they were a major household food source, they weren't exactly necessary. The idea of having a personal stake in your private food chain was admirable, but seemed a bit hard.

Today chickens are a fairly average home accessory. So let us now praise famous hens, and the eggs that begat them (and they beget).

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

For the First Time, Several Parcels from City's Land Bank Will Go to a Market Garden

Vassil Wikimedia Commons

There will soon be a new market garden in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, made possible by the purchase of property bought from the city’s Land Bank Authority. This is the first time this land has been sold for the sole purpose of growing food commercially in the city.

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Growing Food in Cities Brings Benefits Other Than Healthy Eating

Valerie Magnuson of Louisville Grows
Erica Peterson WFPL

In Louisville, the movement to grow more of the city’s food in urban areas is small, but growing. Creating pockets of agriculture in areas that are often contaminated is a new puzzle for policymakers to solve. But putting this puzzle together will do more than just feed the community…it’ll have environmental benefits, too.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Could Local Food and Urban Agriculture Shrink Food Deserts?

Volunteers at the Fresh Stop in Shawnee
Erica Peterson WFPL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as places characterized both by a low-income population and a dearth of fresh food within a mile radius. And a large part of the Louisville Metro area falls under that definition: from most of the West End to Shively, Newburg and parts of Southern Indiana.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Within Louisville City Limits, Farm Seeks to Introduce Teens to Agriculture

Fiona Grant WFPL

Across rows of plant and grasses, in the midst of bright, skipping finches, three huddled pairs of teenagers are bent at the waist, up to their elbows in leafy green bean plants. They snap the beans from their stems and toss them into baskets.

But just beyond this pastoral scene are the golf courses of a country club.  It’s hidden from the fields by a barrier of trees, but I-64 rumbles in the background.  This thin strip of farm—green and buzzing with summer life—is inside the Louisville city limits.

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Environment
7:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

In Louisville, Urban Agriculture Could Satisfy Hunger for Local Food

Pam Faulkner
Fiona Grant WFPL

Louisville likes local food. And according to a study that was released earlier this year, Louisvillians are willing to buy more local food than is currently available.

But when people talk about local food, they usually mean crops grown in nearby rural counties...but there's also an untapped agricultural potential in Louisville’s urban core.

Pam Faulkner is on her knees in the middle of her garden.

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