Honey Bees invade City Community Garden


by Doug Proffitt


Posted on July 26, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 26 at 6:02 PM

(WHAS11)  Nearly in the shadows of downtown Louisville’s skyscrapers, the bees are buzzing.

The honey bees are shooting out of two hives in the city’s Clifton neighborhood and pollinating rows of zinnias, sunflowers, corn, eggplant and tomatoes.

“The bees will go two to five miles from the hive,” said Elwood Stroder, the resident keeper of these hives in Clifton.
The bees have been buzzing and helping tomatoes grow to amazing sizes.

Welcome to the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden, a mile and a half from downtown.  Fifty-seven active gardeners, all with raised beds, and some of those beds are designed for handicapped gardeners.

You could call this a blueprint for going green; the land used to be a landfill site for old concrete and blacktop material.  The water keeping those plants green comes from hoses hooked to downspouts that then pour into storage tanks.

Sondra Powell, owner of Red Roasters Coffee, donates old coffee grounds to help conserve water.
In the shade, Eric Osborne grows mushrooms. “This is shitake,” said Osborne.

And Lucas Do used his community service Eagle Scout project to have Boy Scout Troop 40 build a walkway.

All homemade, all back to the earth and no fertilizer needed; Mother Nature’s agents are taking care of that.  As Stroder points out, “That’s how they got pollinated, almost any fruit up there. All of it.”