Volunteers will gather in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood on Saturday to begin construction of a community garden.
Right now, the future community garden is just a vacant lot at the corner of 28th and Dumesnil Streets…only blocks from where a shooting last spring killed three people. But after a day of work Saturday, organizers hope it’ll be well on its way to being a place for the community to gather and grow food.
The garden will have about 40 raised beds, six of which are designed for people with physical disabilities.
Wayne Long is the coordinator of the Jefferson County Extension office, and is one of the project’s organizers. He says community gardens have a myriad of benefits for a neighborhood.
“There’s study after study shows that the development of a vacant lot, whether it’s in a park or for community gardens, it reduces crime,” he said. “It allows an opportunity for physical activity.”
He says the garden’s proximity to Maupin Elementary also means it can be used as an educational tool.
“So you’ve got the youth seeing what the benefits are for having gardens,” Long said. “The fresh food that’s being produced. The health benefits of eating what you’re growing.”
On Saturday, volunteers will clear the lot and assemble the raised beds. Future plans for the garden include a shelter and an herb bed, which Long says will be completed as money is available. Councilwoman Attica Scott is also involved in the project, and Mayor Greg Fischer is expected to stop by tomorrow afternoon.