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 […]

Luna Vickers, 2, and her mother, Gloria San Miguel, play inside their garden plot at Orchard Park in Covington, Ky., on Monday, April 12, 2021.  For the last seven years residents have turned the plot of land into a community garden, planting fruit trees, herbs and vegetables as well as raising chickens.

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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