January 2019
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Cultivating  502

Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District

“Always include local nature - the land, the water, the air, the native creatures - within the membership of the community.”
— Wendell Berry, Conserving Communities, 1995
Urban Agriculture Coalition (UAC) members Amanda Fuller and Leigh Whittinghill share their goals for urban agriculture for 2019 during the UAC's winter planning retreat. 
Urban Agriculture Coalition Plans for Future 
Members Come Together to Set Goals for 2019 and Beyond
Members of Louisville's Urban Agriculture Coalition gathered recently for a planning retreat to set the coalition's work plan for 2019 and beyond. The coalition formed in 2016 as a working group of the Food In Neighborhoods Community Coalition to bring together community members and organizations working on urban agriculture efforts throughout the city. 

The day began by discussing what attendees liked about urban agriculture in Louisville and what they felt was missing.

Some of the LIKES included:
  • Low cost of community garden plots
  • The incorporation of cultural and ethnic foods
  • Immigrant and Refugee gardens
  • Many positive and supportive people that work in agriculture
A few of the things folks felt were MISSING included:
  • Diversity! (people of color, socio-economic, etc.)
  • City-Wide Composting
  • Equitable access to water for community gardens
  • Community ownership and leadership in community gardens
  • Youth!
There were many more things folks liked and thought were missing. You can see the summary of the meeting at this LINK.

The group then went on to share their individual and organizational goals for 2019 to see where those goals would address any of the 'What's Missing' previously shared. There were a lot of connections between the two! This really helped the group to understand who was already planning to address some of the issues and where there was more work to be done. 

We then further analyzed the goals by comparing them to various city-wide studies and plans that identify priorities from residents and government officials on what they are working on to improve the quality of life in our city. Those documents included the Comprehensive Plan 2040, 2016 Sustain Louisville progress Report, 2017 Health Equity Report, Jefferson County Cooperative Extension's Plan of Work, 2018 Farm Bill, Preliminary Resilience Assessment, and the Hunger Innovation Fellowship's data.  We found many overlaps between what the UAC and members are planning and priorities set by these studies. 

The day wrapped up with an exercise to identify our goal areas for the year. The broader categories are education, policy and Connections/collaborations. During our February meeting we will set concrete actions within those categories for this year and for the future. If you would like to attend the next Urban Agriculture Coalition meeting, it is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27th from 12-1:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room of Catholic Charities above The Common Table, 2234 W. Market Street. We look forward to having you there!

For more information on the Urban Agriculture Coalition, visit the our website

Louisville has a handful of community fruit orchards and they need help! This winter the Urban Agriculture Coalition is organizing pruning workshops at the public orchards located throughout the city as a way to get folks out to learn fruit tree pruning and clean up the community orchards. 

Come out and join us! Click on a link below to find out more details for specific pruning workshop days.

February 3rd: Fruit Tree Pruning at Southpoints Food Forest

February 16th: Fruit Tree Pruning at Millers Lane Incubator Farm

February 24th: Fruit Tree Pruning at Jewish Community Center Garden

February 24th: Fruit Tree Pruning at The People's Garden

March 3rd: Fruit Tree Pruning at the Dolfinger Building
Check out what is happening this month and get involved!
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