Cast your vote for jobs, fresh food in Louisville

A young student who participated in Breaking New Grounds' sprout-growing workshop (Courtesy of Breaking New Grounds)

A young student who participated in Breaking New Grounds' sprout-growing workshop (Courtesy of Breaking New Grounds)

By SARAH FRITSCHNER

Breaking New Grounds, a Louisville nonprofit that works to bring jobs and fresh food to Louisville’s food desert, is in the running for a $250,000 grant in the Neighborhood category of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Breaking New Grounds composts municipal waste from Heine Brothers’ Coffee shops, Brown-Forman distillery and Limbwalker Tree Service to create compost and good growing soil. It has created a youth garden in the California neighborhood and is creating job-training programs for young adults based on sustainable urban agriculture on Woodland Avenue in the Park Hill neighborhood.

Though heavily supported through private and public donations, Breaking New Grounds earns some income through sales of a nutritious natural soil amendment called “Life’s Magic,” sold at Heine Brothers’ Coffee shops and Fresh Start Growers’ Supply.

Pepsi has created the Refresh Project to support innovative and optimistic ideas to move communities forward. Supporters can vote twice a day, once online and once via SMS during September. Go to www.refresheverything.com/breakingnewgrounds to vote online and text 102701 to Pepsi (73774). Standard text messaging rates apply.

Help create positive change in Louisville’s underserved neighborhoods by voting every day.

Sarah Fritschner is the coordinator for Louisville Farm to Table, a program that brings together area farmers and their locally grown foods with Louisville consumers in their homes, schools, restaurant and workplaces.


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