Winners of Local Food Heroes announced

Honored today in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2015) — Producers from Danville, Lawrenceburg and Lexington were named 2015 Local Food Heroes, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Cindy Nabar and Kathy Sink of Lexington, third and fourth from left, receive their Local Food Hero awards from Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Thursday at the Kentucky Exposition in Louisville. Also pictured are, from left: Caroline Heine, co-founder and project director of Seed Capital KY; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board; and Miss Kentucky Clark Davis. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)
Cindy Nabar and Kathy Sink of Lexington receive their Local Food Hero awards from Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Thursday at the Kentucky Exposition in Louisville. Also pictured are, from left, Caroline Heine, co-founder and project director of Seed Capital KY; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board; and Miss Kentucky Clark Davis. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)

Sidney Ratliff of Danville, Kathy Sink and Cindy Nabar of Lexington and Nathan Truesdell of Lawrenceburg were the top vote-getters among dozens of farmers from across the commonwealth.

“These Local Food Heroes were selected by their fellow Kentuckians for their hard work and their dedication to the mission of producing fresh, nutritious foods for their customers to enjoy,” Comer said. “These awards are a small token of our appreciation for everything they do.”

Sink and Nabar produce tomato plants. Truesdell is a produce grower who operates Circle T Farms. Ratliff owns Mozybeau Farms, a producer of heirloom seeds and vegetables.

Ratliff is also a member of Homegrown By Heroes, a brand that designates farm products produced by Kentucky military veterans.

The Local Food Heroes awards are a partnership of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Seed Capital KY, and Louisville Metro. The awards are sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.

“We think it is important to remember to take the opportunity to publicly recognize and celebrate the work of the good people who grow food for all of us,” said Caroline Heine, co-founder and project director of Seed Capital KY. “From small urban growers to larger rural farmers, each of these food heroes is an essential part of our local food system, and we are deeply grateful for their efforts.”

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