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Need More Acres Farm owners grow fresh, healthy food, tout food justice; eat more fruits, vegetables

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward Kentucky farmer Michelle Howell is passionate about providing fresh food to all, no matter their income. Recently, on a webinar hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Howell discussed how her farm, Need More Acres Farm in Scottsville, which she owns and operates with her husband Nathan, provides food justice. Michelle Howell (Photos provided) Howell’s...

KDA to support farmers’ markets as essential business with Kentucky Proud ad campaign

After holding a digital roundtable with Kentucky farmers’ markets managers, Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced a new Kentucky Proud social media advertising campaign that will support farmers’ markets during the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s the time of year when Kentucky’s farmers’ markets are opening up around the state,” said Quarles. “After speaking with many farmers’ markets...

Agriculture leaders, hunger advocates promote ‘Double Dollars’ program in news conferences

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined leaders of the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and other partners on Tuesday to raise awareness of a state program that makes more fresh, local produce available to low-income Kentuckians. Kentucky Double Dollars doubles federal SNAP, WIC, and Senior nutrition benefits at 41 participating farmers’ markets in the Commonwealth. This program is a collective...

2019 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 7-8 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Fruit and vegetable producers will find much information to help their enterprises at the 2019 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference Jan. 7-8 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel. Preconference sessions on Jan. 6 will begin with a vegetable roundtable discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a tree and small fruit roundtable from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rachel...

Marc Carey’s Steepleview Farm acquires Brosmore’s Pepper Jelly, expands into craft food industry

Beth Brosmore of Brosmore’s Pepper Jelly has announced that her successful craft jelly, sauce, and pickling business has been purchased by Steepleview Farm which is expanding its operations into the growing small batch and craft food industry. “I always felt we had a unique line of delicious food items and take great pride in how the business has developed,” Beth said, “But for the past six...

Beth Underwood: Like any good fairytale, the Kentucky Castle’s story is far from over

It’s not a horse farm or a basketball arena. Nor is it a bourbon distillery. Nevertheless, its one of Kentucky’s most memorable landmarks. For almost 50 years, The Kentucky Castle, located on the county line between Lexington and Versailles, has been turning heads and piquing the curiosity of all who pass by. I was knee high to a grasshopper when construction began, but remember watching it come...

At 17, she’s on her way to realizing a little girl’s dream — owning an ice cream business, going to UK

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter As a little girl, Taylor Cook, 17, of Frankfort, had always dreamed of one day owning her own ice cream business, and she also always dreamed of going to the University of Kentucky. When she reached high school, as a member of the Future Farmers of America, she was required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) throughout her high school experience....

Chef Foster: Regional restaurant scene no longer dominated by fast food; hometown talent emerging

It sometimes helps with perspective when you visit another city or state and immerse yourself in their version of your world at home. For me, of course, it is restaurants, local food, sustainable systems, and the chef entrepreneur. Any one of those topics takes on a different hue when the city is half the size or the state is in a different time zone. A place out of time, like Edisto Island, or a...

Always evolving farm makes for long hours, fatigue, but Quarles family in it for long haul

By Stephen Burnett KyForward contributor   Daylilies, market fruits and vegetables, cattle and sheep – oh my!   With the latest addition of sheep – and a barn full of their bleats (newborn lambs) – it seems the road to farming success keeps branching off into unchartered territory for the Quarles family farming operation. Yet, despite the continuous learning curve, the long hours and...

Ag Commissioner James Comer ending first year in office as it began – full steam ahead

James Comer is nearing the end of his first year as Commissioner of Agriculture. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Just one year ago, James Comer was preparing to be sworn in as the state’s new agriculture commissioner after a long campaign.   But Comer, a lifelong farmer and 11-year veteran of Kentucky’s House of Representatives, was no stranger...