Apr 15 2014

Elmwood Stock Farm Field Day – April 26, 2014

ann_marketThe Organic Association of Kentucky will hold a field day at
Elmwood Stock Farm

April 26, 2014
1-4 PM
3520 Paris Rd
Georgetown, Ky 40324

Elmwood is a 375-acre diversified family farm producing certified organic vegetables, Angus beef, Dorset-Suffolk sheep and poultry for chicken, eggs and turkey to sell through CSAs, farmers markets and wholesale. The tour will include greenhouses, produce fields, and livestock, and packing shed.

Tour continues rain or sunshine, only canceled if severe weather – check
your email for an update if any bad weather in the area, or call ahead to
Elmwood Stock Farm (859-621-0755). Please NO PETS.

Directions to the Farm Tour:

Elmwood is located just East of I-75 at the Georgetown Exit #125. From
Lexington area, turn right (you will be on US 460) and travel
approximately 1.3 miles. The entrance to Elmwood is on the left side of
the highway across from a black barn that sits directly on the road. Look
for the Elmwood Stock Farm hanging sign. Use this entrance – Do not use
the entrance for the farm’s mailbox that you will see first, it is a
narrow drive and will be the exit.

Coming West on US 460, Elmwood is approximately 1.5 miles from Newtown
Pike. Coming from the North, take Exit #126 off I-75, turning right, then
turn left on US 460, following directions above.


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May 08 2014

Turmoil Shakes National Organics Standards Board Meeting in Texas

Board Decision Making Colored by Restrictions to Authority
and Governance Imposed by USDA

CORNUCOPIA, WI – Protests, an arrest and parliamentary maneuvers marked the beginning of the semi-annual meeting of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). After the initial turmoil subsided its members wrestled with the implications of widely criticized changes to its authority and procedures that have been imposed by USDA leadership without the customary public discussion or review.

Meeting for the first time since the governance and process changes were unilaterally announced last year, the NOSB’s San Antonio, Texas meeting saw the board defer many of its agenda items to its Fall 2014 meeting and an outright challenge to USDA authority on the part of some NOSB board members.

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Mar 14 2014

Disinfecting Honey Comb with Ozone

Worker bees remove the mummified remains of larvae infected by the chalkbrood fungus Ascosphaera apis. ARS research has found ozone gas can disinfect honeycomb of chalkbrood and foulbrood—diseases that may persist for years on beekeeping equipment—as well as degrade pesticide levels. Photo by Stephen Ausmus.

Worker bees remove the mummified remains of larvae infected by the chalkbrood fungus Ascosphaera apis. ARS research has found ozone gas can disinfect honeycomb of chalkbrood and foulbrood—diseases that may persist for years on beekeeping equipment—as well as degrade pesticide levels. Photo by Stephen Ausmus.

By Jan Suszkiw
March 13, 2014

Sometimes even honey bees need help with “housekeeping,” especially when it comes to cleaning their honeycombs once the honey’s been removed. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research has shown that fumigating honeycombs with ozone gas can eliminate pests and pathogens that threaten honey bee health and productivity. Now, ozone fumigation may also help reduce pesticide levels in honeycombs.

The findings come from a two-part study led by entomologist Rosalind James with the Pollinating Insects-Biology, Management, and Systematics Research Unit operated in Logan, Utah, by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Results from the first part of her team’s study, published in 2011 in the Journal of Economic Entomology, demonstrated that fumigating honeycombs with ozone gas at concentrations of 215 to 430 parts per million (ppm) killed all life stages of the greater wax moth, depending on length of exposure.

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Mar 12 2014

Family Farms Can Feed the World & Protect the Environment

food_tankAs the world celebrates the International Year of Family Farming, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank highlights new research showing how family farms, can nourish the world while protecting the environment. The new report, Food Tank by the Numbers: Family Farming, features original research from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and draws on dozens of agriculture and sustainability experts. The report proves that family farms—farms or ranches owned and operated by families—are not only feeding the world, but also nourishing the planet. Family Farms are developing effective ways to address global food security, increase income, protect biodiversity, and conserve the environment for a growing population.

According to research in the Food Tank report, approximately 70 percent of the world’s freshwater goes toward agriculture, and it is estimated that this will increase by 19 percent by the year 2050. Soils are being depleted 10 to 40 times faster than they are being replenished, and as a result, 30 percent of global arable land has lost productivity. And land use changes as a result of agriculture—deforestation and land degradation—are contributing to climate change.

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Mar 11 2014

How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms

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How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms

April 3rd, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST

Kentucky State University’s Aquaculture Research Center

103 Athletic Road

Frankfort, KY  40601

Registration Free:  $30


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Feb 23 2014

Local Author Mark Schimmoeller at Joseph Beth March 2, 2014

slowspokeMark Schimmoeller

Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America
Sunday, March 2 at 2pm
Joseph Beth Booksellers

People who have gone back to the land or wonder if they could, who have slowed down to experience life at a unicycle’s speed or who long to do so, who have fallen in love, who have treasured tall trees or mourned their loss, will find a voice in Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America. A memoir with heart and humor, Slowspoke is for anyone who still leans against prevailing winds toward a better America and world.

Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America, makes a surprising connection between unicycle travel–the balance, the hesitancy, the roundabout progress–and a life lived close to the land, next to an endangered woods. The adventures of the author’s youth are recalled when he encounters the emotional equivalent of a tractor-trailer gust: the news that the beloved old woods near his house is about to be logged and developed. He begins an effort to save the woods. The narrative alternates between past and present, dream and reality, as he looks with a fresh gaze at his Kentucky home, with the precise love of someone slated to give a eulogy.”

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Jan 29 2014

Merging Modern Methods & Old Time Wisdom of Gardening & Farming

poppenA Workshop with Jeff Poppen
Saturday, March 8, 2014 10am – 4:30pm
Doors open at 9 am
North Presbyterian Church
4222 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45223

Jeff Poppen’s enthusiasm for local food production and distribution stems from his 40 years of farming. His self-sufficient, small certified biodynamic 300 acre Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs – with five acres of vegetables for market, experimental orchards, extensive herb and flower beds, grains, hay, cattle, and a fruit tree nursery – is the largest and oldest organic farm in Tennessee. Jeff is also a noted author and presenter on organic and biodynamic farming. Jeff’s workshop will focus on building a dynamic biologically active soil encompassing topics ranging from minerals, soil biology and tithe, and the use of biodynamic preparations.

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Dec 09 2013

4th Annual OAK Organic Conference Scheduled for March 7-8, 2014

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Please join us for the Organic Association of Kentucky’s
4th Annual Organic Conference

March 7-8, 2014
Berea College Alumni Building, 234 Scaffold Cane Rd, Berea, KY
Pre-conference farm tours March 6, 2014.

featuring special guest

“The High Cost of Cheap Food: Promoting the Value of Organic Food and Farming”Hemmelgarn_beets

Melinda Hemmelgarn M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian, “investigative nutritionist,” and award-winning writer and radio host better known as “The Food Sleuth.”

Melinda connects the dots between food, health and agriculture, and helps us “think beyond our plates” to find “food truth.” Melinda’s a trusted consumer advocate, educator, and national speaker. But most important, she’s a mom, and her dedication to organic food and farming stems from her love for children, nature, and “good” food.

KLAAS & MARY-HOWELL MARTENS – Lakeview Organic Grains

Mary-Howell: “We’re a fairly large, commercial, organic grain farm. We plant several varieties of corn and soybeans, a whole bunch of small grains, like flax, barley, spelt, oats and wheats, and some peas and beans too. We farm about fourteen hundred acres up here on the western shore of Seneca Lake, so it’s not a small operation.

We harvest with combines and that sort of thing, which is not something everyone associates with organic farming . But we are strictly organic, and have been since the mid nineteen nineties. We also own a grain mill in the town of Penn Yan, a few miles from here. We bought it from Agway when they were going bankrupt and going out of business a little over ten years ago, so nowadays we not only farm, but we mill our own grains and grains from other organic farms in the area, and we distribute them all over the region.”

PLUS! Organic Crops • Pastured Poultry • Organic Livestock
Fuel & Corn Crops • General Topics

Conference registration is free with OAK membership
until February 15th,  2014.
Click here to download the membership / registration form.

Click here for Historic Boone Tavern reservation form.

$25 non-members, $10 students & guests, kids under 18 free.

A  $10  late  registration  fee,  payable  at  the  door,  will  be  charged  for  registrations
postmarked  after  February 15th.  Registration is  used for conference planning.
Please  register  only  if  you  will  actually  attend.

Questions? Call Larry Brandenburg, 502-640-0042 or
Cheryll Frank, 502-535-6787 or email.

Click schedule below to view full screen.

OAK schedule




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Nov 11 2013

Cedar Ring Greens Farm Tour

The Organic Association of Kentucky held its first Farm Field Day Saturday, November 9th at Cedar Ring Greens in Frankfort, KY. Cedar Ring Greens is owned by Connie Lemley and Andy McDonald and is a certified organic farm specializing in the production of salad and cooking greens and other vegetables. The farm is 12.5 acres and includes two original farmhouses, one of which is being restored with passive solar features, plus a 1000 kilowatt solar array. Approximately 2 acres are in production and a portion of one field is being returned from pasture to forest.


Above, Connie welcomes the group to Cedar Ring Greens. This is the larger of two barns on the property and it contains the Coolbot, storage for pumpkins and gourds, tool storage and packing supplies.

Listen to the podcast on Across Kentucky beginning 8AM Nov. 19, 2013

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Oct 17 2013

Farmer’s Info Meeting for Winter Market

To all all good farmer friends,

As you may already know, Fresh Start Growers Supply is running an indoor winter market in the warehouse at our location. It runs November thru March on Saturdays from 10 to12:30. We have a great start of vendors but still have room for more. If you are interested, come by on Wednesday October 22nd at 4pm for a short information session and tour. We want to get everyone excited and involved. Please email back if you have an interest. We will provide refreshments and Fresh Start hospitality!

Contact at 502-442-7883 or by email patrick@freshstartgrowers.com.

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