Grow the Cov: Where to Get FREE Organic Soil, Compost, & Fertilizer!

If you haven’t heard already then you should know Covington is Awesome, our bicentennial is here, and we have a lot to celebrate on this side of the river. Now, adding to the list we hope to create an example for successful urban agriculture as an integral part of community and economic development, food security, environmental sustainability, social engagement, and the overall quality of life for Covington.

Just ask your Covington Farmer’s Market Manager and local farmer, Gus Wolf who commonly affirms, “In life and community everyone needs a doctor, a teacher, and a farmer.”

Grow the Cov supports agricultural practices from residential and community-­based gardens to urban farms. While the full mission, vision, and values of this dynamic group can be found online at and our Facebook page, the point is that if you are looking to learn about or attempting or even successfully executing urban agriculture in your backyard or neighborhood garden we’re here for you! The RUAF Foundation, a global network and leading resource on the subject, define urban agriculture as:

“Growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities... it is integrated into the urban economic and ecological system.”

As all farmers know there is no time to waste, so lets get into it. 

Grow the Cov is here for your urban agriculture needs and it starts with the The River City News. Over the upcoming season we’ll submit discussions on access to resources and information regarding soil, composting, planting, recipes, the farmer’s market, harvest, and more! Learning is hands-­on, success is earned through practice and we encourage you to be a part of the burgeoning community. We provide an open forum for sharing information and providing resources for a more sustainable, engaged, and healthful life. If you have any questions regarding specific practices or products please email us at [email protected].

Lets start where is all begins: the Soil

If you are trying to grow in the city, then it's pretty much a given that any soil is a precious commodity. Without going into a lesson on biochemistry and physiology, every seed relies on the soil to facilitate nutrients, just as we rely on the fruits of its labor for our nutrients. Nurture the soil and your efforts will be returned.

Living in the city there may be no good soil on the vacant lot that probably also has lead issues.

Here are some options:

  • You are super lucky and have landed yourself a 1/4 acre in the city, maybe you can amend the soil that’s already there? A valiant effort. Contact the Kenton County Extension Office for soil testing!
  • You have no green space whatsoever but some great indoor or maybe even an outdoor roof/patio area and plan on trying hydroponics. Visit our friends at Garden Grove Organics on Scott Boulevard at Seventh Street in Covington. Our seedlings will be kicking by Spring with the care those science nerds are providing.
  • Your plan is to build a raised bed, use pots, or go full throttle by participating in a neighborhood community garden. This is where we come in. If you are ahead of the game you have picked out your seeds, have a plan to germinate and transplant, or maybe your plan is to wait until spring is really here to buy your seedlings. Either way ­ you need soil soon and we have it for you...FREE!

Grow the Cov was a recent recipient of the Covington Project from Devou Good. It is because of this that we are able to offer to any Covington resident or community based garden organic soil, compost, or fertilizer FREE. You can find the details of this tremendous offering and partnership at our website, The soil will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, and we ask you to tell us a little bit about yourself but mostly, it's painless.

We look forward to more offerings as the season progresses. Our monthly meetings are every third Thursday of the month hosted at Orchard Park. Come out, talk to and learn from your neighbors facing the same challenges as well as sharing and celebrating in each others bounties.

Like we said, it all begins at the soil, and we can not think of a better way to start the next 200 years in Covington than making sure all of you out there already supporting a more sustainable Covington have the soil needed to nurture your efforts. Happy Birthday Covington!

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all.” -­Wendell Berry

-Grow the Cov