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Hungering for fresh food? Sign up now for UKAg CSA

Registration continues for the 2014 season of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Community Supported Agriculture project. All UK faculty, staff and students are eligible to enroll in the program, which provides them with a weekly share of fresh, certified organic vegetables from May through October. The project is an integral part of the experiential education component of the college’s sustainable agriculture undergraduate degree program.

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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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2013 Woodland Owners Short Course to be held in conjunction with Kentucky Wood Expo

Both novice and experienced woodland owners will learn how to attract more wildlife, produce a cash timber crop and provide a place for family recreation at one of the Woodland Owners Short Courses offered in each of the three geographical regions of Kentucky. For the first time, one of the regional programs will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Wood Expo.


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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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