Lots of Food is turning five vacant lots in Louisville's Portland neighborhood into a productive and beautiful orchard and market garden. We're the first people in Louisville to purchase vacant property from the city's Land Bank for the purpose of growing food. We bought this 1/3 of an acre for $50 after convincing the city that we have the expertise, and are willing to do the hard work to make it happen. Other people are interested in following our example so we are trying to do a good job!
Louisville's local food economy has experienced an impressive boom, but there are some crops that no one is growing, and there is plenty of vacant land available in the city's neglected core neighborhoods. We are setting out to prove that:
a) Our city's vacant lots can be transformed into productive, beautiful spaces; and
b) We can grow more kinds of food than we realize -- like almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, herbs for tea, and a diversity of fruits and berries -- right here in downtown Louisville!
We are raising money to start our urban farm! We'll use your donations to:
1. Put up a fence so the trees don't run away; (when we get $5500)
2. Add a 8'x8' storage shed built out of reclaimed materials (when we get $7200)
3. Install water catchment tanks off our neighbors' roof (when we get $8000)
We've already started digging holes...
and bringing compost.
We could use your help to get going- $5500 will help us install the fence, and with $7200 we can add a shed. For $8000 we can install our water catchment system.
Check out our Video blooper and more of our story at louisvillelotsoffood.com
Risks and challenges
We've chosen some unusual things to grow. After talking to local experts & nurseries, we think that we've chosen well. However, as in any agricultural undertaking, we are at the mercy of weather and pests. Because our Lots are small and close to home, we can keep an eye on things and hopefully prevent the preventable.
We also know that vandalism and theft are risks we take in any urban area. That's why we've made a point of meeting our new neighbors, and we're planning to make our Lots visually and materially uninteresting to thieves & vandals. The 6' fence is important for security which is why we are raising money for it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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