Left: Janie watering the Hugul - kultur
The Sunday work group on the garden held a group class in Hugelkultur and all twelve of us were amazed at what we learned. We hope to get pics up soon. Anybody out there know how to do a google photo album? Until then, check out this link
Landmarks staff toured Clifton Community Arts and Gardens at Sacred Heart Village with community members from the Clifton Council Sustainable Clifton and Beautification Committees, and gave advice on complying with the Landmarks Ordinance as part of permaculture master planning for the site.
Planting has begun at the Clifton Community Arts and Gardens site at Sacred Heart Village. One of the first crops to be planted is Amaranth, This beautiful high protein cereal was the principle grain crop of the Americas before the Spanish bans enforced colonial control of food and culture. Renowned for it's hearty flavor, full complement protein seeds and edible leaves and beautiful purple/magenta flowers often used for dye, amaranth is making a comeback as an important crop throughout the world -- and in Louisville.
We're fortunate to have in Louisville Drs. Jan and Joy Carew, who wrote the UN Handbook on Amaranth and have chronicled the history of colonialism and indigenous plants in the Americas in classic works of scholarship such as Fulcrums of Change and The Rape of Paradise. The picture of Amaranth to the right was taken in the Carew's Old Louisville yard in 2007.