[Market-farming] Re: Community gardens and sidewalk bistros
CAVM at aol.com
CAVM at aol.com
Sun Feb 13 13:16:26 EST 2005
A local coffee shop (Heine Bros) and the Hispanic Women's Group in
Louisville, KY have agreed to work together with us in developing neighborhood gardens
and locally produced meals. We are working out an arrangement with the city
of Louisville to obtain the right to use many of the vacant lots scattered
around the city's older neighborhoods.
We will remediate the lots and provide a healthy growing environment for the
Hispanic Women's Group and other interested parties to grow vegetables,
herbs, flowers, or just have a small park. One of our crew is a commercial
kitchen inspector and will try to bring the old cafeteria kitchen in a former
Catholic school up to standards for value added processing of some of the produce.
We envision several commercial kitchens eventually and all producing locally
demanded meals and menu items. The emphasis will be ethic meal items since
the area is so cosmopolitan and this seems to offer the best profit
potential. We expect to have to supplement the city production of vegetables with
items from the farms in the state.
I am warmed by the description Steve Diver gave of the Portland area. I
have enjoyed my visits there and would very much like to see their community
attitude brought to Louisville.
While our role will be as facilitator and composter, we have a strong
attachment to this project. We are gratified that a local business has agreed to
be the core of it. What this will be is a sort of movable farmers' market,
CSA, neighborhood uplift program. We expect the plantings to begin this Spring.
Any suggestions and comments would be welcome.
Neal Van Milligen
Kentucky Enrichment Inc
GO, Inc dba Growing Opportunties
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Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 12:53:10 -0600
From: Steve Diver <steved at ncat.org>
Subject: [Market-farming] heirloom tomatoes
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
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S. Rogers -
Thanks for sharing freely. The notes you provided
on heirloom tomatoes painted a clear picture of your
The notes you've shared on marketing are really
You got a favorite spreadsheet program for planning?
Maybe you said as much, I don't read all the postings.
I was in Portland for agriculture in 2003 and it's
an impressive city for sustainable living and culture.
I've never seen as many neighborhood restautants,
sidewalk bistros, and coffee houses as they exist in
Portland. Good quality wholesome food, too. They
commonly featured "which" local farm they buy their
produce from, right on the menu.
The City Repair project in Portland -- converting
4-way neighborhood street corners into community
gathering spots -- was impressive.
The community garden at Luscher Farm is well
organized and pleasant to "be around." Good,
well defined wood chip pathways make all the
difference for community gardens. They use
lots of cardboard underneath the wood chips.
The cost of membership goes towards the expense
of supplying compost for each plot.
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