The London Ferrill Community Garden is located at 250 E. Third St., property owned by Christ Church. The garden is named after Rev. Ferrill, a former slave who moved to Lexington in 1811 following his emancipation upon the death of his former owner. Rev. Ferrill served the First African Church of Lexington for 31 years, growing it to the largest congregation in all of Kentucky. He is the only person of color buried at the site.
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Seedleaf is a nonprofit organization in Lexington that serves its neighborhoods by helping to establish and maintain community gardens. They were the first to arrive on site and turn this space into a place for growing food. To learn more about what they do, please visit their website.
In 2015, Transylvania University and Seedleaf decided to work together to sustain a shared space between students and citizens living in this neighborhood of north Lexington. Our mission is to foster an environment for education about poverty, food deserts, sustainability, sustainable food systems, and most importantly, community engagement. With the assistance of Transy’s community engagement office, we provide a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in the garden.