Kentucky Ag News

Organic Association of Kentucky announces speakers and program for annual conference


Special to Kentucky Agricultural News


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) will hold its fifth annual conference focusing on organic farming and living March 4-5 in Shepherdsville. For the first time, programming for the event also targets consumers with local and national speakers spotlighting a variety of topics including growing blueberry bushes organically winter gardening with low tunnels, no-till growing, growing produce for profit, raising a healthy dairy herd and much more.

In addition to seminars, attendees can learn about organic products and their makers at the vendor fair and enjoy farm-fresh fare for lunch and dinner.

Jeff Moyer, executive director of Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organization pioneering organic agriculture advocacy for more than 60 years, is the keynote speaker along with Wisconsin certified organic beef grazing farmer Jim Munsch. The weekend’s festivities will be held at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, 395 Paroquet Springs Drive. Registration cost is $150 for the entire conference with a $25 early discount before Feb. 1. Single day and meal ticket options and special rates for OAK members and students are also available. For more information, visit

“Organic is a tremendous value for everyone, benefiting consumers, farmers and the environment alike,” said OAK board chair Mac Stone. “The OAK conference allows participants to learn more about the good nutrition and earth-friendly practices that are guaranteed with a certified organic label.”

The OAK conference programming includes:

Friday, March 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Seminars on sustainable livestock; a better dairy; success with produce; produce for profit; beginning farmers; farming from the neck up; and homesteading
  • Lunch and buffet dinner
  • Vendor fair, meet the farmer, book signing, silent and live auctions

Saturday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Seminars for livestock and dairy producers; produce growers; families and teachers; and homesteaders
  • Vendor fair

For a full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit