Digging in the Garbage – Finding more in community gardens than in cities

Lexington, K. – Community gardens are not a new idea in Kentucky. But as many urban areas in central Kentucky grow along with new buildings, a non-profit organization is focusing on digging into the rubble to connect with nature.

What you need to know

  • Community gardens can help urban areas
  • Sedelef said the biggest obstacle for new farmers to produce food in the United States is finding affordable land
  • Lexington has several community gardens
  • The London Ferrell Community Garden has private and community plots

“This is a garden of the London Ferrell community, and it is about two hectares of land,” said Joe Sorell, education coordinator for the non-profit organization Sedelef.

A group of students from the University of Translivani are explaining the purpose of the garden before the groups pull weeds around the garden.

Some areas are private and most are community spaces.

A Lickington man brings fresh fresh yellow pumpkins from the community garden. (Spectrum News 1 / Kati Patel)

“Whether they like it or not, it brings the community together, and it gives us a place to gather outside, and a place to eat and eat fresh food,” says Sorrel.

He said the park will provide local producers with nutritious food so that they can produce nutritious food without worrying about land prices.

“A lot of people come in and they just want greens and they say, ‘Where are your greens? “are there. Sorrel.

Her charity says the biggest hurdle for new farmers in the United States is finding affordable land to grow crops, and this problem is exacerbated in dense cities.

“Everything is going on, you can find a place in such an urban area, just like we are next to the fireplace, and you can see the big blue building from here and downtown [Lexington] It’s just there, ”said Sorel. “And all these birds and pollen and plants live here among us. Sorry, it’s choking me. And he is the only one who can eat, find a place to come. ”

Cedalif Joe Sorell tries a new fig from the tree behind her. (Spectrum News 1 / Kati Patel)

Expanding to an additional green area in Sedlif, where it grows like a concrete forest.

“Not only the plants and the food, but also the social aspects of the garden are the people you meet to meet and discuss and eat,” says Sorrel.

Since 2017, a nonprofit organization has established 15 free ‘U-pick’ community gardens in Fate County, many of them in the Lexington Food Desert.


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