A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

New life: Dying trees become useful, beautiful objects for University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Urban life can take its toll on a tree. Pollution, trenching to lay underground utility lines, soil compaction, it’s all very hard on an old tree, and the red oak tree in front of the Agricultural Sciences Building on the University of Kentucky campus had seen better days. But its story won’t end in piles of mulch. Instead, its wood will find its way into...

Letter to the editor: Ky. organizations stand against Trump administration attacks on immigrant families

A radical and punishing rule change proposed by the President’s administration would harm immigrant families in Kentucky and across the country. By keeping families from meeting their basic needs, jeopardizing immigration status and taking resources out of Kentucky communities, the proposal is an affront to our commonwealth. The “public charge” rule change would count legal participation in programs...

Melissa Martin: Close your eyes and imagine your favorite holiday memory. Anything to do with food?

The main purpose of food is to nourish the body to keep humans alive. But, the taste experience around the holidays is a flavor festival. The sense organ of taste is the tongue. The receptors for taste, called taste buds, are sensory cells. Adults have between 2,000 and 4,000 taste buds in total. It’s a papillae palapalooza! Sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory tastes can be sensed by all parts...

Commentary: Passport Health Plan, Bluegrass Harvest partnership increasing food access

Health care is more than going to your doctor and taking medicine. When we take a closer look beginning in the home, and extending to the workplace, our schools, and our neighborhoods, we see that the social determinants of health play a major role in overall health and well-being. Research on the social determinants of health is fairly new, but there’s no question that access to food, income, education,...

More jobs than graduates in food, agriculture, renewable resources and environment, study says

From 2015 to 2020 there will be 57,900 average annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment, says a report by Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But not enough graduates are expected to be experts in those fields, says the report. Of those jobs, 46 percent will be in management and business,...

Ten Fayette County schools to receive fresh fruits, veggies via federal program

Students in 137 Kentucky elementary schools will enjoy fresh produce during the 2015-2016 school year as part of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, including 10 sites in Fayette County Public Schools:   • Arlington Elementary • Booker T. Washington Primary Academy • Booker T. Washington Intermediate Academy • Breckinridge Elementary • Cardinal Valley Elementary •...

Eligible students at Fayette County Public Schools have options for free/reduced meals

Students from households whose income is at or below certain levels are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meal program. Fayette County Public Schools participates in the state’s direct certification, in which agencies provide lists of pre-qualified students.   Households who are notified that their students have been directly certified do not need to complete an application. But...

State ag department is taking applications for 2015 Farm to School Junior Chef competition

Students, sharpen those knives: The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Junior Chef competition will launch its third season this spring. High school cooking teams must apply this month.   “The Junior Chef competition is a great way for kids to learn basic cooking skills and gain an appreciation for local foods,” Commissioner James Comer said. “At the same time, contestants...

Summer Food Service Program looks for sponsors; training has been set for sponsors

  Sponsors are being sought and training has been set for the 2015 Summer Food Service Program for school and non-profit organizations. School districts, non-profit organizations – including churches and faith based organizations – and government entities are encouraged to participate as sponsors in the Summer Food Service Program and are invited to attend training.   The SFSP provides...

'Don't Hate. Donate': Hash Out for Harvey music event to raise funds for Kentucky child

  On Jan. 17, Blue Stallion Brewery will host Hash Out For Harvey, an all-day event benefitting Kentucky child Harvey Carlson.   The event will feature Louisville bands White Reaper and The Wrists, Lexington bands Hair Things and Our Man Flint, plus a silent auction, food trucks, a pool tournament, kids’ activities and more.   Now nearing his second birthday, Harvey was born with...

Finish off summer by the water with a bonfire, fireworks, races and more at River Blast 2014

  Staff Report   On Aug. 16, the festival is coming to the river.   River Blast 2014 is an all-day KY River Water Trail Alliance special event with a goal of bringing awareness to the Kentucky River resource.   (Photo provided) Kentucky American Water presents River Blast 2014, which aims to be “a unique river event that rivals ‘Water Fire’ in Providence (Rhode Island), riverfront...