Volunteers build garden site at Cultural Center
Volunteers from across the University of Louisville community gathered at the Cultural Center Wednesday to break ground on the new Garden Commons - a hands-on effort to educate and involve students in going green.
Shovels in hand, students, faculty and staff poured soil into four cedar garden beds on the grassy lot to the east of the Cultural Center. Later this spring, a group of students will decide what type of crops to grow there and what to do with produce.
"We want them to own this," said Michael Anthony, Cultural Center director.
The project will teach students how to grow their own food and about food policy issues and the benefits of sustainable growing practices.
Organizers see UofL's community garden serving as a model for others in the city.
The garden, a suggestion from student Mary Dan Easley, grew from a desire to build a common area outside of the cultural area that could serve as a gathering place for people at UofL, Anthony said.
“We wanted to look at how we could build community with the land we have,” he said.
The Cultural Center has partnered with Louisville Grows, a nonprofit group working to ensure Louisville's sustainable future; UofL Health Services; Partnership for a Green City; and Sodexo, which provides UofL's dining services, to develop the garden.