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West Louisville is getting another farmers market as Louisville Grows expands its program.

Louisville Grows is organizing a monthly farmers market, along with a Seeds and Starts garden-resource workshop. Both will be held at the People’s Garden on every third Saturday through November, according to a news release.

The first market of 2014 will be held tomorrow, Saturday, March 15, at the Shawnee Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Pkwy. (across from the People’s Garden). A free Seeds and Starts workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Members of Louisville Grows’ Urban Growers Cooperative and community gardeners from the People’s Garden and the Shippingport Memorial Garden, 2500 Montgomery St., will have an opportunity to sell produce at the market, and neighborhood vendors will sell baked goods and other foods.

Plants grown in the People’s Garden’ greenhouses, including kale, collards, strawberries, and flower starts, as well as seed packages, will be provided at the market at low-cost.  Plants, seeds, fruit trees, and produce can be purchased using SNAP benefits.

A free workshop will be provided each month on a seasonal gardening topic. This month’s workshop will be geared toward amateur gardeners and provide an overview on spring crops, growing techniques, and soil preparation.

In 2011, Louisville Grows organized the People’s Garden: a mixed-use agricultural project consisting of a community garden, orchard, market garden, and 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space on 5 acres of land.

Metro Parks leases the land to Louisville Grows.

From the release:

Louisville Grows has worked closely with District 5 Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and residents of the Shawnee neighborhood to meet an increasing demand in West Louisville for equal access to fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds and plants available in more affluent neighborhoods of East Louisville, according to the release.

Health disparities and inequities have contributed to shorter life spans and higher rates of obesity among low-income minority populations in West Louisville, and we believe that we can reverse this trend by working with residents to provide opportunities for residents to grow and sell their own food to support the health and economic development of the community.  The creation of the Urban Growers Cooperative has given us an opportunity to effectively meet the demand for fresh, local produce by coordinating distribution and production for the Shawnee Fresh Stops, Healthy-in-a-Hurry corner stores, and now, for our monthly market.

You can donate to the nonprofit community effort here.

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Terry Boyd
Terry Boyd has seven years experience as a business/finance journalist, and eight years a military reporter with European Stars and Stripes. As a banking and finance reporter at Business First, Boyd dealt directly with the most influential executives and financiers in Louisville.

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