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Collective minds address supply side of local food

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LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 9, 2015) - What will it take to grow a thriving local food system? What role can institutions play in supporting local food production, and where will the supply come from? More than 40 farmers, processors, distributors, lenders and market leaders recently convened on the University of Kentucky campus for the Bluegrass Barn Raising to discuss strategies for expanding the supply of local foods.   Read more


Food Connection at UK introduces producers, processors to new UK Dining

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LEXINGTON, Ky., (Feb. 4, 2015) - When a market opens or expands, farmers take notice. That was the case recently when The Food Connection at UK hosted a one-day workshop to connect Kentucky food producers with the new Aramark-managed UK Dining.

On a recent morning, the meeting room at the Fayette County Extension office swiftly filled to capacity with about 80 farmers and food processors, reinforcing with organizers the interest among local food purveyors in being able to provide the University of Kentucky with fresh food for campus dining rooms.

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Leopold Conservation Award Program seeks nominees in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky., (Feb. 3, 2015) - Sand County Foundation, the Kentucky Agricultural Council and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts are accepting applications for the Leopold Conservation Award Program in Kentucky. The $10,000 award honors Kentucky farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

"The Kentucky Agricultural Council is proud to be part of the Leopold Conservation Award Program,” said Nancy Cox, Kentucky Agricultural Council chairman and dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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Tom Eblen: Taste-testing the way to truly local Kentucky-made bread

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Why have the French always eaten baguettes, while Kentuckians preferred biscuits? The answer may have more to do with climate than culture.

Kentucky's wet winters are more conducive to growing the low-protein "soft" wheat used for soft breads, biscuits and cookies than high-protein "hard" wheat, which works best for crusty breads.

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Lafayette Seminar focuses on local food questions

The subject of food has garnered much of the public’s attention in recent years, whether through discussion of health and nutrition, environmental sustainability or social justice. The Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues will address three aspects of the food issue over the course of three weeks in September and October.

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A Living Lab

The UK campus has storm water challenges, so the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment led a cross-campus collaboration to develop sustainable infrastructure to address these issues.  As a result, they installed a rain garden, the first of its kind, on campus.

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Five years in, fight continues against emerald ash borer

The fight continues, but the invader has the upper hand. Kentucky’s ash trees, important as timber producers and landscape trees, have faced the onslaught of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect pest from Asia, since 2009.

Despite local quarantines, expansion of its range continues. In response, the entire state was placed under quarantine in April. The decision is designed to regulate the interstate movement of ash nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, chips and firewood and effectively lifts the county quarantines.

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Farms Feed Kentucky: Tackling the food issue from the inside

In a county where 83 percent of the land is used for agriculture, but nearly 30 percent of the adult population is considered obese and 13 percent has diabetes, the question might be asked, why aren’t people eating better?

In county after county in Kentucky, studies show that more access to better food is sorely needed. To find solutions to that problem, UK Cooperative Extension has developed Farms Feed Kentucky. Teams from Barren, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Pendleton and Whitley counties are part of the pilot project, teams working  to find viable, locally based solutions to building a strong community food system from the inside out.        Read more


Check out this Lexington Herald-Leader story by Tom Eblen about one of our sustainable agriculture alums.

Tom Eblen: Shaker Village's new gardener brings love of land, faith-based stewardship

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HARRODSBURG, Ky. -- When Zachary Davis was hired in November to grow vegetables at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, he took stock of what he had to work with: an antique hoe and a 200-year-old garden plot.

Actually, he had a lot more than that. Davis, 22, had a degree in sustainable agriculture and a good understanding of faith-based land stewardship. He also had bosses who saw his garden as a way to make the Shakers' legacy relevant today.  Read more

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Wheachary Davis was hired in November to grow vegetables at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, he took stock of what he had to work with: an antique hoe and a 200-year-old garden plot.

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Franklin County farm celebrates bicentennial, plans for future

It was 200 years ago when Charles and Jane Moore Julian purchased 300 acres in Franklin County and became the first in a long line of Julians to continuously farm the property. To celebrate the bicentennial, the latest generation, sister and brother Jane and Bill Julian, recently entertained nearly 800 people on their farm for Franklin County Cooperative Extension’s 55th Annual Farm-City Field Day. In the process, they shared with guests some of the methods they are using to preserve the farmland for future generations.

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Judy Clabes: The Kentuckians who care about our food supply at least deserve appreciation

Photograph courtesy of KyForward.comThe First Friday breakfast forum and networking event hosted by the University of Kentucky Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Working Group – academic-speak for folks who care a lot about our food supply – is an educational experience at its best. And the food isn’t bad either.

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Kentucky’s produce sector's growing

WatermelonLEXINGTON, Ky.,-- The state’s produce industry continues to expand in terms of producers, volume, marketing outlets and sales, which are likely to exceed a record-breaking $33 million in 2012. That is what a new study from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has found.

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Heal the land, heal the nation

UK Landscape Architecture senior, Cameron Stone, plants a tree seedling on the land where Flight 93 crashed on 9/11. SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (April 30, 2012) Kentucky now has roots in Pennsylvania. On a blustery Saturday in late April, with rain pressing in from the western horizon, representatives of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture joined 150 volunteers in planting thousands of tree seedlings in the highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania.   Read more

A big thank you to Richard McAlister from Marksbury Farm Market for doing such an enlightening talk. Marksbury is working hand-in-hand with local producers to provide USDA inspected processing for pastured beef, poultry, and pork. Who's benefitting from this collaboration?  Everyone -- school systems, restaurants, markets, consumers and farmers.  And another big thank you to Chef Bob Perry -- and his sous chef Dr. Lee Meyer -- for a superb breakfast. Much of what went into the Eggs Florentine was generously donated by Marksbury. We had a great crowd, with an almost even balance between faculty, staff, students, farmers and nonfarmers. There's always a lot of good energy in the room, stimulated by great food and fascinating discussions.

Marshall County poultry farmers find new use for chicken litter

Fresh, clean compost from chicken litterBENTON, Ky., (March 12, 2012) – Chickens produce a lot of poop. In fact, poultry farmers struggle to find ways to dispose of or reuse chicken litter in a way that’s friendly to the environment. In Marshall County, two poultry farmers are using the litter in an innovative way that not only is environmentally sensitive but is making them a little money on the side.

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