New community garden will serve refugees, South Louisville

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Hamiso Mbulo, a Somalian refugee who has lived in the United States for 13 years, harvested kale from her garden plot on Millers Lane July 15, 2016, to be donated to Dare to Care Food Bank. The harvest yielded more than 700 pounds of greens, beets and turnips, all of which was donated. (Record File Photo by Ruby Thomas)

A new community garden in South Louisville will be dedicated and blessed during a ceremony on April 8. The event will begin at noon and will include gardening activities in which volunteers are invited to participate.

The Kenwood Community Garden, located at 175 E. Kenwood Way, was created by Catholic Charities’ Common Earth Garden Program, the Americana Community Center and St. John Vianney Church. The land belongs to St. John Vianney and is the old DeSales High School practice field.

It will provide two acres of garden plots for refugees from Bhutan, Bosnia, Burma, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Nepal, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan as well as other members of the community.

The day will include yoga in the garden from noon to 1 p.m. and a press conference at 1 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers are invited to help lay compost and seeds  in four of the new plots. Participants are encouraged to bring gardening gloves and sturdy shoes. Refreshments will be provided.

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