Community urged to vote for local farmers who make a difference | Community Spirit
From Mayor's Press Office
LOUISVILLE, KY – Is the food you buy grown locally? It’s a question that more and more people are asking, and it is driving Louisville’s local food economy. Seed Capital Kentucky, with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Louisville Metro Government, has created the first Local Food Hero Award, in order to raise awareness of the farmers responsible for growing the food we eat.
“We wanted to create a way to show our Kentucky Proud farmers that we appreciate all that they do to provide fresh, local food to Louisville,” said Caroline Heine, project director of Seed Capital Kentucky. “It’s important to our state and community’s economies and to the health of our population; that’s why these farmers are heroes.”
The award will honor a handful of farmers for their hard and dedicated work building Kentucky’s local food economy, and will be presented at the 2013 Kentucky State Fair. The winners will be determined by the pubic via an online voting process.
“We have seen tremendous support of buying locally grown food, which we all know benefits our bodies, our local farmers and our local economy,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Louisville Farm to Table has connected our farmers to large local institutions, and now we are making progress in connecting our farmers to local consumers.”
Online voting has begun for the first Local Food Hero Awards at www.seedcapitalky.org/farmers, and will close on July 31, 2013 at midnight.
“It’s important that we recognize our farmers as heroes because what they are doing is important to the future of our state and to our country," says James Comer, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture.
For more information, visit www.seedcapitalky.org.
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