Search Site   
Current News Stories
Views and opinions: Artist helping an Iowa FFA chapter with its fundraising
Views and opinions: Good things, bad times, relationships all will end
Views and opinions: Quit trying to fool Christmas tree procrastinators with 'shortages'
Views and opinions: DNR faces forest harvest controversy in tree sales
Views and opinions: Campbell's first Holiday Album still a Treasure
Views and opinions: Prepare, in the middle of near-winter, to plant spring flowers
Views and opinions: Seeking a Shark Tank for cutting-edge farm notions
Views and opinions: New methods necessary to integrate farming into cities
Names in the News - December 6, 2017
Views and opinions: Taking a look around the globe at crop output, demand
Views and opinions: Michigan corn marketing office is building tomorrow's markets
   
News Articles
Search News  
   
Kentucky will host organic food meeting on March 1-2
 
By BOB RIGGS
Indiana Correspondent

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Organic Assoc. of Kentucky (OAK) is self-described as a member-driven nonprofit, where the members work together to promote organic farms and farmers in Kentucky, share information among themselves, guide organic agriculture research programs and educate American consumers about organic food and farm products.

Early this January, OAK was one of several agriculture trade groups participating in the 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show in Lexington. Cheryll Frank, director of OAK, reported the organization is growing. There were 372 members before the conference, but the list of people who joined in Lexington has not been processed yet.

Larry Brandenburg, president of OAK, said the conference is considered the winter meeting of the organization. It is an opportunity for members to network and discuss future business, which focused on the state of organics in Kentucky and into organic growing methods.

Forefront in members’ minds is OAK’s upcoming third Organic Conference on March 1-2 at the campus of Berea College, where the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program operates a working organic farm. The annual conference is where they elect new officers and vote on business.

Brian Geier is secretary of the OAK board. In 2009, he was a research assistant at Kentucky State University, and it was there he and other workers birthed the idea of creating a special organization to promote organic agriculture in the state.

“We thought we needed an organization that could guide priorities for research and extension agents’ work,” Geier said. “Then, in January 2010, a group of farmers, grocers, nursery people, university workers and Kentucky Department of Agriculture people got together and formed a steering committee.”

The group hosted its first organic conference in 2011 at the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green. That event featured an address by Amish dairy farmer and author David Kline, and a series of workshops on organic production methods.
Frank said the first day of the March program at Berea will include training on permaculture, healthy soils, high tunnel greenhouses and humane pork production.

That final topic will feature organics spokesperson Atina Diffley. To learn more, visit http://oak-ky.org or call 502-535-6787.
2/13/2013