Mayor Greg Fischer outlined a new partnership between the Louisville Farm to Table program and the Organic Association of Kentucky at a press conference held at Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market in St. Matthews.
Louisville Farm to Table works with farmers, suppliers, consumers and the media to increase awareness of the production, marketing, distribution and sales of Kentucky edible agriculture products and to meet the demand of Louisville’s market for local foods.
Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) has around 300 members. Farmers and other interested people started OAK in 2009 to promote organic production and consumption statewide.
“The partnership between Louisville Farm to Table and Organic Association of Kentucky will lead to greater economic opportunity for rural producers and better health outcomes for Kentucky consumers,” Fischer said in a news release Monday.
He also recognized local philanthropist Christy Lee Brown for her $100,000 donation to OAK and for her work with the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil.
OAK’s Mac Stone spoke about the organization’s upcoming annual conference open to farmers and consumers on March 4 and 5 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville. The 2016 conference tracks include livestock, dairy, produce and soil. (More information is here.)
Just last week, Toni Konz of The Courier-Journal reported that Jefferson County Public Schools are falling far short of their goal to buy 10 percent of food locally and have stopped meeting with local farmers to plan which crops they should plant. Last year, JCPS reportedly spent 2 percent locally; this year, they’re still only at an estimated 4 percent. The Louisville Farm to Table program works directly with JCPS on their food-purchasing goals.