by Mog,Justin M — last modified May 06, 2013 05:03 PM
UofL promotes food literacy and urban agriculture through gardens on all three of our campuses.
June 2012 Harvest!
May 2012 - UofL's Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club builds and installs solar panels to power the greenhouse ventilation!
July 2011 - Campus Health Promotion gets inspired to start an herb garden in repurposed containers.
June 2011 - The Garden Commons undergoes a major expansion to incorporate 10 raised beds, an orchard, greenhouse, compost bins, rainbarrels, bike racks, and an outdoor classroom.
May 2010 - Volunteers enjoy the first harvest.
March 3, 2010 - UofL breaks ground on the Garden Commons in partnership with YouthBuild and Louisville Grows.
UofL's Garden Commons at the Cultural Center on Belknap campus is a community space for learning about organic urban agriculture, more sustainable food systems, and building resilient community.
Garden Commons Workshops
UofL Green Scene columns:
UofL teams with University of Florida for pre-Sugar Bowl community service project to install urban garden (1/2/13)As part of a series of workshops, food justice advocate, Stephen Bartlett, helped students decide what to plant in the garden and understand the broader connections to making our local food system more sustainable. Learn more about the 2012 Garden Workshop Series.
Vision for the Garden Commons
Garden Commons Expansion Video: June 2011
Garden Commons Video: Sustainability in Motion, Nov. 2010
Video of Garden Commons Ground-breaking, March 3, 2010
Health Sciences Center Garden
In the spring of 2011, dedicated nutritionists from the Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center (in the Kosair Charities Building at Floyd and Chestnut) decided to create a garden to benefit children receiving evaluation and therapy through the Feeding Disorders Program. The vision was that a garden would provide great opportunities for the children who are very restrictive in the variety of foods they will eat. By May 2011, the Feeding Therapy gardens were growing with tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and green beans sprouting from 3 square raised beds that were already in place between Baxter I and II. To learn more, contact Diana Pantalos.
Shelby Campus Garden
In 2011, dedicated staff at UofL's LEED Gold certified Center for Predictive Medicine on the Shelby campus planted a "Birthday" Garden which takes the place of cake and ice cream celebrations for our employees. Staff and researchers at the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory enjoyed a bountiful harvest in 2011 and replanted in 2012! To learn more, contact Marlene Steffen.
Resources for Urban Agriculture