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Online voting is now open for first Local Food Hero Award

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
For more information contact:
Ted Sloan
(502) 564-1138


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Who’s your local food hero? You can honor your favorite Kentucky Proud farmer by voting for the first Local Food Hero award.


Seed Capital Kentucky, in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Louisville Metro Government, has created the first Local Food Hero Award to raise awareness of the farmers responsible for growing the food we eat.


“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," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said.


“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 The award will be presented at the 2013 Kentucky State Fair in August in Louisville.


“We have seen tremendous support for buying locally grown food, which we all know benefits our bodies, our local farmers, and our local economy,” Louisville 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.”


The public is invited to vote for the first Local Food Hero Awards online at www.seedcapitalky.org/farmers. Voting will close at midnight on July 31.


For more information, visit www.seedcapitalky.org.