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Louisville groups form partnership for sustainable agriculture

Farm to Table and Organics Association of Kentucky joining forces

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2016) — Louisville’s Farm to Table program and the Organics Association of Kentucky have formed a partnership to promote sustainable agriculture, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Louisville Farm to Table works with community partners to increase production, marketing, distribution and sales of Kentucky edible agriculture products and to meet the demand of Louisville’s market for local foods. Member-based Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) works to promote organic production and consumption statewide.

Through the collaboration the organizations will work to foster a greater awareness of the value of sustainable agriculture benefitting consumer health, the environment and economy, while also helping farmers identify market opportunities for organic meat, produce and other products.

“The partnership between the Louisville Farm to Table Program and the Organic Association of Kentucky will lead to greater economic opportunity for rural producers and better health outcomes for Kentucky consumers,” Fischer said.”

Fischer also recognized local philanthropist Christy Lee Brown for her $100,000 donation to OAK and her work as a watchdog over the health of citizens of the Commonwealth, through such endeavors as the asthma monitoring project, Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, which she helped launch in 2014.

OAK board chair Mac Stone also thanked Brown with a gift of eco-friendly produce.

Stone spoke about OAK’s continued efforts throughout the state promoting organic food’s value, including its upcoming annual conference open to farmers and consumers March 4-5 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville. Attendees can learn more about produce, livestock, dairy, farming, nutrition and homesteading.