Meet Your Barista: Sarah @ Main St.

In Blog, Meet Your Barista // on July 1st, 2016 // by // One comment


Next time you’re downtown, stop by and say hello to Sarah at our Main Street store!

Kacie, her manager can’t say enough good things, “She’s such a hard working shift leader, but also a positive and sweet person to have on our team and to become friends with! We love Sarah!”

For this month’s Meet Your Barista post, we’re spotlighting her and her work at Louisville Grows. Plus we got an insider tip from Sarah: Stop by the Louisville Grows community gardens to pick yourself some FREE fruit (Portland Orchard for blackberries, People’s Garden for blueberries)!


Which store is your “home” store?
Main Street

How long have you been with Heine Brothers’?
Since January, so going on 7 months!

Are you a native Louisvillian or a transplant?
Transplant— I moved to Louisville in January of 2012. Four and a half years go by really fast!

You just got a new position at Louisville Grows – can you tell us about your position and the mission and how it got started?
I am an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Louisville Grows doing Volunteer Coordination! I’m so thrilled to be involved with such an amazing organization. I graduated with my bachelors in Social Work from the University of Louisville in May, and have always been interested in non-profits dedicated to sustainability work, so when I saw that Louisville Grows was looking for VISTAs, I jumped at the chance. The mission of Louisville Grows is to create a more just and sustainable Louisville, through education and empowerment programs in Urban Agriculture and Urban Forestry. As a non-profit, we make all this happen through our dedicated volunteer base, so getting to interact with new volunteers and figure out which of our programs they would enjoy the most is really great.

What started your involvement in such an awesome organization?
During my internship while in the Kent School of Social Work, I became involved in lots of projects that focused on healthcare disparities, food insecurity, quality of life improvements, and health education. Louisville Grows tackles all of that, from empowering food insecure communities on growing their own healthy food options in private or community gardens, to planting trees in neighborhoods where there is little to no tree canopy.

What’s your favorite program you’ve gotten to work on through Louisville Grows?
We do so many different things! I have to give two answers— one for our urban forestry initiatives, and one for our urban agriculture programs.

In our urban forestry, we have a Citizen Forestry program, where we work with members in our communities and thoroughly train them on tree planting and community engagement. There are different levels of training, with more classes and opportunities getting added quarterly. In Spring and Fall we have huge tree planting initiatives, and right now, we are doing maintenance and inspections to ensure that our trees are growing properly. In our inspections, we work with homeowners and answer any questions they have about their trees, and make sure that their tree is healthy!

In urban agriculture, my favorite program is at our Hope Community Farm, which is located off Taylor Boulevard. We partnered with Gate of Hope Ministries International, and work with Rwandan and Congolese farmers, to develop a 7 acre lot that has been vacant for several years. We have turned this lot into a beautiful farm, with community gardens for 35 refugee families, and have worked with eight growers to develop and run their own CSA. It’s a beautiful project, and the growers that we work with are some of the most inspirational people that I have ever met, and have been growing their own food their whole lives. Not only does developing a farm provide healthy food access to these families, but it also provides a form of therapy for the growers and their families. Inspirational doesn’t even begin to describe it!


One thing you’ve learned since starting work at Louisville Grows that you want to pass on to others?
Going into this, I have had no garden experience. I live in an apartment, and with the high death rate of plants that I’ve had, I was very intimidated to start. When I started, I realized how that was unnecessary, and that growing your own food is not a scary concept. Never be afraid to try something new, and don’t be afraid to fail!!!

What’s the best way for other’s to get involved?
Check out our website at, like us on all of our social media (we’re very active!) and if you’re interested in volunteering, email me at!
We also offer numerous trainings, from Citizen Forestry to our Urban Growers Series, which are on our calendar on our website!
We can’t achieve our mission without our volunteer team, and welcome anyone who is interested in creating a more just and sustainable Louisville, regardless of skill levels.

What do you like to do in your free time?
My co-worker Maddie and I just started working on a raised bed in one our community gardens, and I am always researching different ways to grow in an apartment complex with next to no sun— any suggestions are welcome!
As a Kentucky transplant, I try to spend my weekends visiting all the beautiful sights that the state has to offer! Once again, I’m always looking for suggestions for places.

Lastly, what your favorite HB drink & why?
I am having such a hard time answering this question. My go-to is a three shot Americano— it’s reliable and gets the job done! If I’m looking for something special, I get a soy Beekeeper. I love our honey, and bees are my favorite insect!


Louisville Grows seeks to grow a just and sustainable community in Louisville, Kentucky, through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Their programs include our community gardens, community orchards, Love Louisville Trees, and the Seeds and Starts Garden Resource Program. Get involved HERE.

The AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.


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