The Kentucky Chapter’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) interns spent most of their third week with Louisville Grows, a nonprofit, community initiative which advances urban agriculture projects around the city, including preparing garden plots for community use.
To start off the week, the LEAF interns hauled mulch to beautify and protect a young orchard. They also weeded gardens and built purple martin boxes to attract these insect-eating birds.
"Community gardens are a great way to bring a people together," said LEAF Intern Victoria Lindsay. "Gardens also play a role in educating local residents about healthy eating and even more importantly, where their food comes from."
The interns spent the rest of the week helping Louisville Grows with clearing and mulching a new trail, weeding in the organization's greenhouse and cleaning up the aisles between community garden plots to make sure that things looked cared for and inviting. All of the efforts played into an ultimate goal of inspiring people to sign up to tend their own plot.
The reward for the LEAF interns' hard work came over the weekend. That is when they set out to catch a glimpse of some horses and take in the Bluegrass State's horse culture. The outing included a visit to the famous Churchill Downs.
"Churchill Downs was historic and enjoyable,” commented Karrissa Ash. “It was nice to experience this important aspect of the state first-hand." said Karrissa Ash.
See what’s in store for our LEAF interns in Week 4!
- Making improvements to the Griffith Woods Wildlife Management Area entrance.
- Helping Louisville Grows build a wash station for the Shippingport Memorial Gardens.