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UofL joins city, extension service to host urban gardening series

by UofL Today last modified Mar 13, 2013 08:32 AM

Backyard gardeners and those who join others in developing community garden plots can benefit from a series of community meetings on the safety of urban gardening.

The meetings are intended to help Louisville gardeners develop practices to keep their gardens and themselves safe and healthy, create a network of urban gardeners and increase awareness of resources available to support safe urban gardening.

Here’s the meeting schedule:

  • Thursday, March 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Government Center
  • Thursday, April 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the East Government Center
  • Date TBD, at the Downtown Public Library

The series also will include the development of demonstration community gardens, soil testing and the creation of a design and policy guide for individuals and organizations interested in creating a new community garden.

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) and Louisville Metro’s Department of Economic Growth and Innovation are presenting the meetings through funding from a Community Transformation Grant which Louisville Metro received in 2012. The grant is designed to support community-wide strategies to increase healthy eating and active living, chronic disease prevention and tobacco cessation.

For more information, call Jefferson County Extension Office, at 569-2344, or CEPM at 852-8042.

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