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Truth To Power | Stephen Bartlett | Agro-solidarity | July 5, 2020

Truth To Power | Stephen Bartlett | Agro-solidarity | July 5, 2020

Update: 2020-07-03
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On this week’s Truth To Power, we gather folks into the virtual studio for a community conversation about food, agriculture, solidarity, justice, and autonomy. Forward Radio’s Justin Mog (Sustainability Now!) and Hart Hagan (The Climate Report / Let’s Talk) discuss these issues with Stephen Bartlett, Director of Forward Radio Community Partner, Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville (http://salouisville.org). He’s also an active member of the Black Lives Matter movement, and works with the Common Earth Gardens at 3130 Millers Lane (volunteer days start later in July on Tuesdays 6-8pm). Common Earth Gardens is dedicated to the empowerment and improved quality of life of refugee families and Louisville communities through agricultural opportunities.

The program bolsters mental and physical health, community integration and access to healthy food and supplemental income. Common Earth Gardens supports self-reliance by facilitating access to land, culturally-appropriate training, community education, technical assistance and opportunities for supplemental income in Louisville, KY.

Common Earth Garden’s goals are to empower refugee participants to:
- Utilize their extensive agricultural skills and experience to reduce food costs
- Continue traditions from their homelands that will ease acculturation to the Louisville Metro area
- Build entrepreneurial skills and supplement family income by selling produce through local outlets

Common Earth Gardens, formerly the Refugee Agriculture Partnership Program (RAPP) was started in 2007 by Lauren Goldberg and Stephen Bartlett within the Kentucky Office for Refugees (KOR). The first sites established for refugee agriculture were the 7th Street Community Garden and the Southside Community Garden. In 2014, the RAPP program moved to be a program of Catholic Charities of Louisville and supported the establishment of Maplewood Apartments Garden, Francis Center Garden, St. Ignatius Community Garden and Bethany United Garden. Currently, Common Earth Gardens supports six sites.

On Truth to Power each week, we gather Forward Radio programmers and friends to discuss the state of the world, the nation, the state, and the city! It's a community conversation like you won't hear anywhere else!

Truth to Power airs every Sunday at 4pm, Monday at 2pm, and Tuesday at 9am on Louisville's grassroots, community radio station, Forward Radio 106.5fm WFMP and live streams at http://forwardradio.org
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Truth To Power | Stephen Bartlett | Agro-solidarity | July 5, 2020

Truth To Power | Stephen Bartlett | Agro-solidarity | July 5, 2020

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