We should all regularly say “Thank You” to those who grow and harvest the food we eat. To recognize and celebrate our many local food heroes, Seed Capital KY created the Local Food Hero Award in 2013, as a way to publicly show appreciation for those who make it possible for us to have delicious, fresh from the farm, locally grown food.
Partnering with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture KY Proud program, the City of Louisville, and with the sponsorship of Farm Credit Mid-America, we are especially honored to have KY Department of Agriculture Commissioner Quarles and Mayor Fischer join us each year in honoring our Local Food Heroes. Commissioner Comer and Mayor Fischer are leaders in the nation on finding ways to bring together urban and rural residents. Commissioner Comer is an outspoken advocate for local food producers and for the need to continue to develop systems to get more local food to local people. Mayor Fischer has dedicated his time, resources and energy to growing the local food economy in Louisville and is taking a lead in the nation in this area. We are inspired by Mayor Fischer and Commissioner Comer and grateful for their dedication and commitment to building bridges between Kentucky’s rural and urban communities.
Nathan is a super guy and a great farmer – we need more like him!”
Can take a beating from Mother Nature and can keep on going and giving. A true gift to farming!”
I’m so proud of you two! Your tomato plants are awesome! I can’t wait to taste the first fruits of our harvest.”
We travel the world working with farmers, artisans and chefs and we have never met someone more passionate and dedicated to growing the finest vegetables that soil can produce. With tender loving care, Brooke Eckmann nurtures her gems and proudly shares them with those that truly understand the quality that she produces. By listening to her customers, producing the best, and personally delivering her produce, she has built strong relationships with local chefs that are so impressed with her produce as to feature dinners centered on Ambrose Farm produce. Local customers travel miles for her produce.”
Hats off to these young men of Georgetown, KY and making a difference on our table and good health. Eating farm fresh produce is key to a long, healthy and happy life. Thank you for taking care of our Kentucky community with your hard work and delicious farm fresh produce.”
You will not find a better farmer, better produce or a harder worker. Loves his family and the community! And it shows in everything he does.”
This couple makes delicious food and supports local business and art. Their fusion of a farm and restaurant is perfect and tasty.”
Clay Turner, of Turner Valley Produce in Russellville, KY. Turner Valley is a small farm and market offering sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, green beans, lima beans, zucchini, cabbage, cucumbers, okra, hot and sweet peppers, Irish and sweet potatoes, broccoli, greens, onions, peas, cantaloupe, watermelon, canary melons. Clay sells his produce from a roadside stand at the entrance to his third-generation farm. He also sells twice a week at the Logan County Farmers’ Market at the UK Ag Complex. Additionally, Turner manages the Kentucky Wonders Garden Market in downtown Russellville, which provides easy access for people who either do not have transportation to get to the market on the outskirts of town, and for senior citizens.
For many years, the Turner Family has provided our family with nutritional and economical produce during the summer months. When I am in town on Tuesday or Saturday in Russellville at the Farmer’s Market, it is the first vendor I head to. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to serving your community.”
Mike Lewis is a veteran and a farmer, committed to increasing access to fresh, local, and nutritional food to our communities by mobilizing our nation’s veterans to produce it. He and his family run a small sustainable farming operation, Gaining Ground Farm, in Rockcastle and Madison Counties, where they raise pork and poultry, and grow an assortment of fresh produce. It is the first certified “Homegrown by Heroes” farm in the nation. Mike serves as the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for “Growing Warriors” a program to train, assist, and equip veteran families with the skills, tools, and supplies needed to grow high quality naturally grown produce for their families, their communities, and their country.
Mike has an initiative, foresight, and passion for farming that will carry over into future generations. He is an intelligent and caring individual who will always lead the land and the people to prosperity.”