Five Awesome Food Organizations in Kentucky
Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred United States-based groups who are cultivating a better food system, including these five from Kentucky:
Community Farm Alliance advocates for better access to sustainably-produced food by connecting farmers, consumers, communities, and their legislators. Programming includes a farm-to-school campaign that delivers local food to public schools, and a Locally Integrated Food Economy initiative that helped form Louisville’s Food Policy Council.
GleanKY repurposes almost 100,000 pounds of produce per year that would otherwise be wasted to support the hungry in central Kentucky communities. Saving fresh food from farmers markets and other partners, the group delivers a continuous supply of donations to established food banks and free hot meal services.
The Food Literacy Project strengthens the connection between the Louisville, KY community and their food through farm-based experiential education programs on food and agriculture. They offer classes for schools, community groups, and educators.
Kentucky Women in Agriculture is a nonprofit organization that works to empower women working in food production and agriculture. The organization strives to promote fellowship among female agriculturalists while providing educational opportunities and preparing members for leadership roles.
Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) supports organic farming in the state by providing information, advisory services, education, and research to help sustainable farmers. OAK member farms don’t need to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and their workshops and conferences build an environmentally and economically strong community.