Organic Association of KY Conference
Seed Capital KY is pleased to help support OAK’s Fifth Annual Conference, bringing together farmers and food folk who are committed to promoting organic production and consumption. This event will bring national expertise to bear on livestock, dairy, and produce farming methods, the business of farming, and financing opportunities for farm growth.
Growing Farm Profits
This three-day training intensive was directed towards diversified small farm operations wanting to understand and address the many factors affecting profitability. Three content specialists led conversations around pricing, record-keeping and evaluation, marketing decisions, and efficient packing shed design.
69 attendees provided rave reviews for this event, led by Attina Diffley, Ellen Polishuk, and Jim Munsch, and co-sponsored by USDA Southern Risk Management Education Center, Kentucky State University, Kentucky Horticulture Council, Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Community Farm Alliance, Seed Capital Kentucky, and Louisville Farm to Table.
Beginning Farmers Conference
Community Farm Alliance’s Beginning Farmers Conference is a gathering of seasoned farmers, talented beginning farmers, ag educators, food industry professionals and community advocates. Throughout the day long conference, conversation amongst farmers and diverse professionals working in different aspects of the local food economy covered topics ranging from access to land, to capital and resources. Each discussion offered practical navigation tools to help break down the barriers that exist for beginning farmers. Seed Capital KY was appreciative to participate in this event, and co-sponsor its occurrence.
This workshop was designed for fruit and vegetable farmers who want to learn more about growing for wholesale customers including food safety training, wholesale standards, financial resources, financial training, sustainable production and extended season production. 2012’s event sparked the interest of many Kentucky farmers, and began a serious discussion of a critical aspect in taking our food economy to the next level.
You can order a copy of the workshop book, Wholesale Success. “Wholesale Success builds the capacity of farmers to meet the burgeoning demand for locally/regionally grown fruits and vegetables. Adopting best practices in food safety, postharvest handling, packing, and business management will help farmers be more efficient and profitable. It will also give buyers an incentive to increase their purchases of locally grown food.”