Community

service, outreach, and collaborative research

Campus Community Gardens

The UK Community Garden, located behind Shawneetown graduate and family housing, was revitalized to create a sense of place by engaging synergies between design and horticulture.   Beginning from the summer of 2015,  the garden underwent an expansion creating nearly 90 plots for residents along with sitting areas and walkways.  Tool hubs were built and gardening supplies were provided to gardeners. Because the community houses graduate students and families, a children's area is also in the works. Funding for this project was made possible through the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant.  For more information, please visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cultivatingplacegrant. 

UK Horticulture faculty, students, and staff volunteer to revitalize the community garden.

UK Horticulture faculty, students, and staff volunteer to revitalize the community garden.

GreenHouse17

GreenHouse17 is a community driven and supported organization to nurture victims of intimate partner abuse.  GreenHouse17 is situated on a beautiful 40-acre farm, growing flowers and fruits, vegetables and herbs while growing strong in bodies and minds.  One way this organization supports itself is through a Community-Supported Agriculture program where they sell produce and offer bouquets of fresh wild flowers, salves, lip balms, and soaps all handmade by the survivors. The Jacobsen Lab often volunteers their services to help with horticultural operations, working side by side with victims.  More information about this program can be found at http://greenhouse17.org/. 

Image from greenhouse17.org

Image from greenhouse17.org

Seedleaf

Many of Lexington’s residents in the central sector live in food deserts: communities where a concentrated number of households do not own vehicles and are located more than a half mile from a grocery store.  Food insecurity and the inability to obtain healthy food puts adults and children at increased risk for diabetes, obesity, malnutrition, and a number of other chronic health problems.  Seedleaf is an organization working to increase the amount, affordability, nutritional value, and sustainability of food available to people at risk of hunger.  Seedleaf has sixteen community gardens in Lexington, KY.  The organization also has a composting program that collects materials from local area restaurants, Master Community Gardener classes, cooking classes for kids, and CLUCK, a program that teaches about urban chicken keeping.  For more information visit http://www.seedleaf.org/.  

Image from http://www.seedleaf.org/

Image from http://www.seedleaf.org/

Community Supported Agriculture Project

The UK Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project is a part of the UK College of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, and is an integral component of the Sustainable Agriculture (SAG) Undergraduate Curriculum. The CSA project links faculty, staff, and students from the UK community with the Organic Farming Unit located at the UK Horticulture Research Farm. The CSA project is not a commercial farm and is not managed for profit. All financial proceeds from the sale of CSA shares support the production of food during the growing season and student educational activities of the SAG program.

All faculty, staff and students of the UK community are invited to sign-up for our CSA below.  All registration and payments will be managed online using the links provided below.

 

Full CSA Share:

Members will receive a weekly share of vegetables for 22 weeks from May 26th – October 20th, 2016.  The total price is $649 for Faculty/Staff and $583 for Students.  Members may choose between two pick-up sites on Thursday: either campus pick-up at the E.S. Good Barn (4-6pm) or farm pick-up at the UK Horticulture Research Farm (3:30-6:30pm).  For complete information, download our 2016 Full CSA Share Terms.  You must agree to these terms before registering. 

 

2016 Full CSA Share Registration is now open!

 

Join the UKCSA here: http://csa.farmigo.com/join/ukcsa/2016CSA

After registration, you can use this link to manage your account: https://www.farmigo.com/account/ukcsa/

Questions? Contact the CSA Manager for more information.

One of our main goals is to grow the local farm economy and your membership in any CSA contributes to these goals. We’ve compiled a list of local Bluegrass region CSAs (which include meat, eggs, flowers and more!) on our blog. View the list of contact information here: https://ukcsa.wordpress.com/join-us/