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Organization forms to promote sustainability in Pike County

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - There is a new organization in the Pikeville. The group, supported by volunteers and private companies, hopes to eventually spread the idea of sustainability throughout the county and they say it is not your typical 'green' initiative.

Sustainable Pike County is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting a stronger and healthier community through things like a community garden.

Within the next week, a vacant lot on Sycamore Street that is owned by the city will begin transforming into a community garden.

Mayor Pro-tem Jimmy Carter says, "It is all about quality of life and this is improving a quality of life and that's our motto here. If we can improve the quality of life each day and do something with it, then we are way ahead of the game."
That is why city officials say they decided to partner with the organization and allow them to use land, which organizers say is the perfect location for a garden.

The location is near many residences, low income housing, and the University of Pikeville. Roger Ford explains, "We will work with low income folks and do some skills training and gives access to land that they wouldn't have because they live in the city and in higher populated areas."
While organizers say it is technically a green initiative, the organization supports coal while also creating new opportunities for folks...like with locally owned restaurants.

Ford says, "We will try to create a market where those businesses could purchase locally grown produce from people that may need income right now."

By working together to grow they say it will cultivate not only fresh produce but also a much stronger community.

The group's first community garden build is planned for July 25th.

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