Environment Community Improvement & Capacity Building Food, Agriculture & Nutrition Public & Societal Benefit
Founded in 2009, Louisville Grows is an environmental nonprofit organization whose mission is to Grow Greener, Healthier Neighborhoods. Our vision is to foster green, just and sustainable neighborhoods in Louisville. We seek to be a leading nonprofit in advocating for health equity through the environmental platforms of urban forestry and urban agriculture. Louisville Grows' neighborhood-based urban forestry program focuses on rebuilding the urban tree canopy with a goal of planting 1000 trees each year. Citizen Foresters are trained and dedicated to coordinating volunteers on planting days, educate the public about the importance of an urban tree canopy and advocate for trees. We are dedicated to restoring the urban tree canopy and providing environmental education opportunities that will lead to ending health disparities in our community.
Urban Forestry Program - Our neighborhood-based reforestation program focuses on rebuilding the tree canopy in neighborhoods with the greatest declining number of urban trees. We work with neighborhood groups and partners to plant trees with residents and stakeholders in these neighborhoods. Our trained Citizen Foresters work with the community to build capacity in urban forest management and stewardship.
Urban Agriculture Program - Our main focus with community gardens is to build capacity within the gardens by providing technical assistance, education and infrastructure. Through our annual Fundraiser, Seed and Starts Sale, we are able to offer Community Garden Grants in late fall of each year to support these capacity building endeavors.
Healthy House – All programming, workshops and classes hosted at Healthy House focuses on healthy living, healthy eating, environmental education or environmental equity. Programming includes: Urban Homesteading Certificate course, Sprouting Cooks, Fruit and Boot Camp, art openings for local artists, food preservation workshop and community yoga classes.
Our outreach extends to all of Jefferson County and Southern Indiana. However our focus audience is on serving 21 neighborhoods in west and south Louisville who are most impacted by the Urban Heat Island Effect due to the loss of their tree canopy.