Louisville Grows Brings Healthy-Eating Practices to Residents All Over Region

Insider Louisville LogoThe phrase “eat your vegetables” can refer to any responsible choice you make, whether in work, school, or life. Taken literally, it’s good advice when it comes to your diet.

Healthy eating can mean different things to different people, but almost everyone is making a conscious effort to improve their health by paying attention to what they put in their mouths. And vegetables are among the healthiest items anyone can choose.

Ked Stanfield, executive director of Louisville Grows, organizes programs and activities to encourage a healthy diet at the organization’s headquarters in the Portland neighborhood of West Louisville.

“Something that’s missing from a lot of American diets are vegetables,” he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.  “Vegetables have a lot of nutrients and they don’t have a lot of calories. Those micro- and macro-nutrients that are found in vegetables are things that we lack in our diet.”

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Passport Health Plan and Louisville Grows to Plant “South Points Food Forest” in Beechmont area on March 25

growsPassport Health Plan and Louisville Grows are planting the seeds for a healthier community in Louisville’s Beechmont neighborhood on Saturday, March 25, by installing a walk-by, free-to-all food forest on Bicknell Avenue, outside the Hope Community Farm.

Community members and volunteers are invited to come plant trees and bushes for the new “South Points Food Forest,” which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1400 Bicknell Avenue, near the intersection with Hazelwood Avenue.

“For too many Kentuckians, the greatest hardship they have to deal with in order to live a quality life is related to food. Too many people can’t afford to buy healthy foods, and too many people go to bed hungry every night,” said Jill Bell, Passport Health Plan Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. “That’s why we’re so proud to be working together with Louisville Grows to sponsor this Food Forest in Beechmont. Hopefully, the food produced here will help all community members improve their health and quality of life.”

The South Points Food Forest will be a community orchard that includes dwarf fruit trees (such as apple, pear, peach, apricot, nectarine, and plum), thornless berry bushes, pollinator-friendly plants, and clover cover crop. In order to address the need for easily accessible quality food, specifically fruits and vegetables high in nutrients, the South Points Food Forest will provide community members, gardeners, families, children, and anyone that walks by with fresh and organically grown fruit. Additionally, the South Points Food Forest is conveniently located next to Hazelwood Elementary School so children can walk to grab fruit during breaks or after school.

Community orchards, complete with educational signage detailing the type of tree and when to harvest, require minimal maintenance after installation and provide high yields of efficient and free harvests. Louisville Grows estimates an average of 2 bushels of fruit per tree and shrub at the South Points Food Forest, for a total of 200 bushels, or 8,000 pounds of free fruit per year, going into the hands and mouths of community members.

The Louisville metropolitan area ranks 12th nationwide among cities facing the most hardship. About one in four local households with children say they lacked money in the last 12 months to buy food, according to a Gallup poll of 176,000 households across the United States.

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