An urban farm in Covington will have homes despite neighbor pushback

Nathan Law

A plan to save all of an urban farm won’t be presented to Covington city officials. That farm, called Orchard Park by neighbors, is at the corner of Orchard Street and Locust Street in Covington’s Westside. In March, gardeners learned the city wanted to develop the vacant city-owned lot, which neighbors transformed into […]

A plan to save all of an urban farm won’t be presented to Covington city officials.

That farm, called Orchard Park by neighbors, is at the corner of Orchard Street and Locust Street in Covington’s Westside. In March, gardeners learned the city wanted to develop the vacant city-owned lot, which neighbors transformed into fields of vegetables and a home for chickens seven years ago.

The garden space is part of a wider effort to develop 17 Westside properties to bring more housing to the neighborhood. The city planned to develop half of the garden into single-family housing and the other half into a neighborhood park as a compromise to keep some of the green space.  

But neighbors wanted to keep sowing each inch of the half-acre space. One of them even helped create a development plan to do exactly that and bring housing to the block.

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