|Rick Courtney loads tomatoes into a crate bound|
for Fresh Stop (Herald-Leader photo by Charles Bertram)
The farm-to-table non-profit supplies tomatoes and cabbage, sweet peppers and onions that fill a table last Sunday were literally gleaming with freshness. All were picked from farmer Rick Courtney's Harrison County field just the day before, Meehan notes. It was all the brainchild of student Julia Hofmeister, who, armed with a major in sustainable agriculture at the University of Kentucky and having been part of the local Community Farm Alliance, set out in 2009 to find a farmer. Courtney was a tobacco farmer in Cynthiana, now a section of his farm on the South Fork of the Licking River is filled with vegetables.
Many of the low-income families served by the program are referred by Habitat for Humanity and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Wheeler said one of the biggest concerns in expanding the program is that families often don't know what to do with all the produce they receive. Hofmeister thinks the program can be made to work elsewhere. "It is so transferrable," she said. (Read more)