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Workshop to Promote Safe Urban Gardens

Monday May 13, 2013

What’s fresher than vegetables you’ve grown in your own garden?

On Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Louisville’s Center for Environmental Policy and Management will host a free workshop for anyone interested in learning safe urban gardening practices whether it’s in their backyard or at a community garden plot. The workshop will take place at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3640 River Park Drive.

“This workshop is the third in a series of community workshops designed to help anyone learn practices to keep their gardens and themselves safe and healthy,” said Wayne Long with the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service. “Another benefit of our workshops is that we’re creating a network of urban gardeners and helping people learn the resources available to support them.”

“Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way for parents to help kids find delight and appreciation for fresh, healthy foods,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “We’d love to see a network of urban gardens across the city with individuals and families nurturing a desire for healthy nutrition.”

The Safe Urban Garden Program workshops are made possible with funding from the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and the Centers for Disease Control. The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement seeks to create a culture of health and wellness in Louisville by focusing on four key areas: healthy eating, active living, tobacco free living, and chronic disease prevention.

For more information on the Safe Urban Gardens workshop contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at 569-2344 or the University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy and Management at 852-5042.

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