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Local Food Heroes voting deadline near

 

Special to Kentucky Agricultural News

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Voting for the 2014 Local Food Heroes closes July 31.


The Local Food Heroes Initiative was created from a partnership of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture; Louisville Farm to Table, an effort to increase the capacity of the local food system; and Seed Capital Kentucky, a nonprofit organization in Louisville dedicated to catalyzing the success and resilience of regional agriculture and the regional food economy.

 

To vote for your favorite local food producer, go to www.seedcapitalky.org. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will announce the winners at the Kentucky State Fair on opening day Aug. 14.

 

The inaugural Local Food Heroes class will be honored in a Farm to Table Dinner Aug. 18 at Ramsi's Café on the World in Louisville. Ramsi Kamar of Louisville, Michael Lewis of Berea, and Clay Turner of Russellville will be recognized as the 2013 Local Food Heroes. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit The Lincoln Foundation, a nonprofit that provides educational enrichment programs for disadvantaged students in the region. The Louisville-based organization plans to use the proceeds to implement a new agriculture and culinary education component to its curriculum.

 

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is the presenting sponsor, and Old 502 Winery of Louisville will sponsor the cocktail reception. The reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. EDT, with dinner to follow.