Amanda Fuller and Peter Thiong
Lots of Food
Fun fact: Louisville’s original city seal bore the term “Perseverando,” which translates to “By persevering.” Fuller and Thiong are applying that spirit to building Louisville’s urban agriculture scene, transforming the little patches of green in the city’s urban wastelands into micro-farms.
Why we chose these micro-farms:
In the fall of last year, Fuller and Thiong obtained the title to five contiguous lots measuring one-third of an acre in West Louisville. Now in the midst of their first growing season, Fuller and Thiong are using organic practices to grow produce for the community. Sixty percent of their produce is sold at a low price in food- insecure neighborhoods, with the remainder going to local restaurants and grocery stores. Fuller also leads workshops on urban foraging.
Want an urban food system? Stop talking and grow something:
“We were just really sick of hearing people talk about this all the time in [community] meetings — saying, ‘Oh, we need more gardens in the city, we need more this, we need more that,’” says Fuller. “And nobody was actually doing it. So we thought, we don’t have a million dollars to develop a new business or build something on this vacant land, but we do know how to grow food.”
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