On a recent muggy day in June, high school students from the Kentucky School for the Blind walked to Billy Goat Hill Community Garden, 2004 Payne St., in the Clifton neighborhood. Led by gardener Alice Baldwin, the group experienced the garden by touching, smelling and listening.
Elwood Stroder, the garden’s head beekeeper, talked with students about the importance of bees and offered a safe demonstration at the beehives. The group was also guided through the butterfly garden and learned about composting, water conservation and other sustainable practices. The students cooled off in the shade before walking the half-mile back to school.
Kentucky School for the Blind, at 1867 Frankfort Ave., serves blind or visually impaired students ages 5 to 21 who live in Kentucky.
The Billy Goat Hill Community Garden is a one-acre plot on the grounds of Mercy Sacred Heart Village. The garden, currently maintained by 42 gardeners, offers educational programs to help raise awareness of practices that improve the quality of life in the area. For more information, visit www.billygoatgarden.com.