Forty resettled families have farming plots at Hope Community Farm, an urban garden located in the Iroquois neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.
The idea of the garden came to fruition when a nonprofit organization called Louisville Grows—whose mission is to create a more sustainable community through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education—partnered with Gate of Hope Ministries International, a refugee resettlement organization.
Hope Community Farm, located at 1400 Bicknell Way, is less than two miles from the Refuge where Gate of Hope has another office. The property is owned by Louisville Metro Housing Authority and is leased by Louisville Grows.
This project is equipping participants with technical, organizational and entrepreneurial skills. Through partnerships, we are supporting communities in the development of a sustainable local food system. In 2019, there were 34 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares sold.
In addition, Gate of Hope provides trauma counseling to participants of Hope Community Farm in response to the specific needs of local refugee trauma survivors.