LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Local groups are partnering to convert 16-acres of vacant land into a functioning urban farm in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

The Field to Fork initiative is an effort by the South Points Foot Collaborative and KentuckyOne Health along with other community partners.

Their goal is to grow foods on the new farm that will feed local hospitals. The neighborhood got a first look Saturday at the land during a block party celebration.

“There were dead trees and some concrete barriers and of course a chain-link fence around the whole thing – so today we’re letting all of our neighbors come on the property and kind of reclaim it as a neighborhood asset,” Alice Bridges with KentuckyOne Health said.

Project leaders say they expect to grow fruits and vegetables like peppers and tomatoes on the farm.

There will also be community garden plots available on the land.

The groups in charged hired a farmer but say refugee farmers will also work in the fields.