Find a Site

Looking for land to grow on in Louisville? Take a look at the map below and the site descriptions.


Looking for other gardens and agriculture sites around town?
Visit the Urban Agriculture map on the Food In Neighborhoods website: www.foodinneighborhoods.org/grow/map.

Since the 1970s, 7th Street Community Garden has been used by people from all over the world to grow food for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.

        • Contact: Garden Managers Steve Deck (502-708-8128) and Carol Heil (quilt5carol@outlook.com)
        • Partners: Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
        • Address: 3211 S. 7th Street Rd.

The New Hope International Farm, founded in 2017, is located on the grounds of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center and is managed by farmers who have moved from Burundi, Congo, and other countries.

The farmers at New Hope International Farm envision a community farm where:

Food is grown for our families and our community.

People from all nations are welcome and are treated with love, respect, trust, and forgiveness.

Growers are an example of hope for the community by working together toward a better future and helping each other succeed.

As a community farm, the farmers cultivate the land together, coordinating when to till, plant, water, and harvest. The New Hope International Farm also serves as a living outdoor classroom for school children in the Camp Nature Odyssey program, introducing children in grades 1-6 to the process of growing, cooking, and eating healthy food.

        • Contact Person: Victor Eddie, Executive Director, New Hope Inc. International
        • Phone: 502-822-3833
        • E-mail: newhopeinternational04@gmail.com
        • Partners: Passionist Earth & Spirit Center, New Hope Inc, International
        • Address: 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205

The Peaceful Eden Community Garden was founded in 2017 with 133 plots on property owned by St. John Vianney Catholic Church. As the garden was established, gardeners identified leaders from within the group and voted on how decisions would be made within the community space. As you walk through the garden, you will see produce native to countries around the world such as Congo, Burundi, Bosnia, Nepal, Burma, and others.

The vision of the Peaceful Eden Community Garden is to create a happy garden where families and new friends grow food and make art and where people are respected and help each other.

        • Contact: Nadine and Pascaline
        • Phone: 502-810-8830 and 502-528-8706
        • Partners: St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Americana Community Center
        • Address: 175 E Kenwood Way, 40214

Founded in 2008, the vision of Southside Community Garden is to maintain a healthy garden to grow good crops next to friends, no matter what language they speak. We enjoy growing many types of food to continue improving and expanding so that many more people may benefit.

        • Contact: Rachel Brunner
        • Phone: (573) 690-1501
        • E-mail: rbrunner@archlou.orgh 
        • Partners: Antioch Baptist Church, Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
        • Address: 7315 Southside Drive, Louisville, KY 40214 (Behind Antioch Church)

The St. Ignatius Organic Community Garden was founded in 2014 on the property of St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church. The garden is a beautiful and productive space where people from Nepal, Burma, and the United States gather to grow food, learn together and care for the land.

The vision of the St. Ignatius Organic Community Garden is an organic and productive garden where people of all ages feel a sense of home, happiness, and pride of their agricultural skills, and the community benefits from improved health, exercise, relaxation, satisfaction, and learning from one another about health, different cultures, and ways to grow and prepare food.

        • Partners: St. Ignatius Martyr Church
        • Address: 1816 Rangeland Road, 40219

Founded in 2011, the Incubator Farm Program is facilitated by Common Earth Gardens, a program of Catholic Charities, and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office in Jefferson County. This program is designed to support New American and Kentuckian farmers who want to manage their own farm business in the Louisville, KY region. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a business plan, learn how to market and sell produce, earn supplemental income through sales, improve English language skills, and make use of and improve farm skills in Kentucky. Read more about the Incubator Farm Business Training Program here

        • Contact Person: Rachel Brunner, Program Manager of Common Earth Gardens
        • Phone: 502-873-2566 ext. 154
        • E-mail: rbrunner@archlou.org
        • Partners: Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District
        • Address: 3130 Millers Lane

Graduates

Francis Center Community Garden was started in April, 2015. It is located on Hikes Lane on the campus of St. John Paul II Catholic Church (formerly, St. Barnabas). The first year, the garden had 42 plots and the second year that number grew to 56. All of the plots were used both seasons.

About 2/3 of the plots are used by immigrants and refugees in our neighborhoods which serve the 40218 and 40220 zip codes. The others are occupied by other local residents. Each plot is 15X10 in area and provides ample space for what gardeners choose to grow.

The purpose of the garden is to provide space for people who have no land to raise produce. The gardeners raise crops for themselves; their extended families and friends. Two bushel baskets are placed in the garden for excess produce which is shared with SEAM. SEAM is the Southeast Associative Ministry for the area. The baskets are delivered twice a week during the growing season.

        • Address: 3042 Hikes Lane

Founded in 2010, Bethany United Garden is a 1.5 acre plot used by Bakar Family Farm for production of market vegetables. 

        • Partners: Bethany United Church of Christ
        • Address: 10400 Old Preston Highway

Maplewood Apartments Garden formed in 2015 through conversations between community members and the property owner about using yard space to grow food. In the first year, about 40 people living in the apartments began to garden. 

        • Address: 4860 Fegenbush Lane, 40228

Founded in 2015, the St. Francis Xavier garden grows food for local food pantries. 

        • Address: 155 Stringer Lane, Mt. Washington

Community agriculture is growing in popularity across the country. Community-owned gardens have a bridging effect on their immediate surroundings. Businesses, families, religious organizations, and farmers connect with one another to support a shared agricultural space in their neighborhood. Often found in urban environments, community agriculture reduces the pressures of food insecurity by connecting growers and their community to fresh, healthy produce. This access, in turn, improves the health of the community, both nutritionally and by strengthening the community ties.

Community agriculture gives growers ownership, responsibility, and accountability within their community. This can manifest in leadership development, community integration, pride, and independence.

These qualities are vital for New Americans coming into the country, fleeing instability and uncertainty. Community agriculture grants stability and purpose through the planning and caring for garden plots. New growers join a network of support and gain connection to new land in a meaningful way. This mutually-beneficial relationship between New American growers and their U.S.-born counterparts brings hope and renewed ties within existing communities.Thanks to its sustainable nature, community agriculture thrives and grows from its state of independence.

A guide to starting a community garden in Louisville is available here (https://louisville.edu/cepm/pdf-files/community-gardens-in-louisville-a-start-up-guide)

For more information on community gardening, visit the resource library of Food in Neighborhoods here (https://foodinneighborhoods.org/getinvolved/resources/).