'Squash the Beet' farmers market in west Louisville keeps kids grounded by growing fruits and vegetables
A garden is flourishing behind the Parkland Boys and Girls Club in west Louisville.
A garden is flourishing behind the Parkland Boys and Girls Club in west Louisville, far away from the chaos and craziness of life.
“It’s peaceful,” 13-year-old Daietorial Elliot said. “There was a lot of violence and drugs and things going on around here. We kind of had enough of it.”
The garden is where dozens of kids like Elliot spend a few hours each day planting and picking.
“Where we don't have to worry about any bad things happening over here,” she said.
Elliot said growing fruits and vegetables is helping her grow and keeping her plants alive is teaching her life lessons.
“It's really healthy,” she said.
Not only is she learning how to cook and eat healthy food, she's also learning how to run a business and manage money.
After the kids pick the vegetables from the garden, they take them around to the front of the building to sell them at the farmers market.
“We got fresh vegetables, seeds, tomatoes, green peppers and squash,” 15-year-old Davonte Coleman said.
Anyone can stop and shop at the stand.
“I bought tomatoes and broccoli, zucchini and green peppers,” neighbor Maryann Johnson said.
The farmers market is called Squash the Beet. It's a play on words for “squashing the beef,” which is a phrase kids use when everyone gets along. They hope the farmers market will plant peace in their neighborhood.
“We don't want [any more] violence,” Coleman said. “We want everyone to come together and do something like this. I'm learning to be more mature and more responsible.”
And by working hard in the garden and at the stand, the kids are working to make a difference in their neighborhood.
“[It’s] a really hard job, but it's worth it,” Elliot said.
Squash the Beet is at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club at 3200 Greenwood Avenue every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
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