Farm To Table Program
Thursday June 3, 2010
Mayor Abramson Announces Farm To Table Program
To Connect Farmers With Consumers, Businesses
Goal is to encourage local food economy
Louisville Farm to Table will work to connect farmers from Kentucky with restaurants, schools, workplaces and individuals in Louisville. The city has hired, on contract, former Courier-Journal Food Editor Sarah Fritschner to oversee and develop the service, a partnership with the city’s Economic Development Department and the Department of Health & Wellness. This service is also supported through grants from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and Wired65, a group developing a regional economic development strategy.
“Sarah is already seeing success — and her work will be good for farmers, good for consumers and good for our city’s overall health,” Abramson said. “Local eating is healthy eating.”
Louisville Farm to Table is the result of a study that the Economic Development office completed two years ago through a collaborative effort of area elected officials, poet and farmer Wendell Berry, small and large businesses and county cooperative extension agents. The study recommended expansion of neighborhood farmers markets – and recommended that the city help serve as the connector between farmers and consumers.
Abramson announced Louisville Farm to Table at the headquarters to SHPS, a local health care company on Bluegrass Parkway. SHPS is the first major private employer to access the Louisville Farm to Table services and allow local farmers to sell their products one day a week on the SHPS campus.
Learn more about Louisville Farm to Table.
Companies or farmers interested in joining Farm to Table should contact Fritschner at email@example.com or 502-396-5457.