The Author

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I have spent more than 30 years writing about food and agriculture for newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post, USA Today and The Courier-Journal. These days I am co-ordinator of Metro Louisville government’s Louisville Farm to Table project. The project seeks to coalesce the demand for local food in the urban area while exposing Kentucky farmers to new markets.

Getting local food to market has proven more complicated than I anticipated, and I have searched all over the internet for people who are going through what I’m going through. Not finding a satisfying community, I am hoping that this blog will provide a place where people can gather to commiserate, contradict and otherwise work out solutions to the challenges of creating a local food economy.

What is a local food economy? What does it mean and how do we make it happen on a scale that supports farmers while allowing more consumers to participate? How do we solve issues of aggregation, marketing, compensation, processing, and distribution to create a system that is robust and fair? How do we deal with issues of cost and accessibility, with policy and practicality? I find I invent answers as I go along and have to believe that others have conquered at least some of this territory. I’m hoping to hear from a few of them.

5 Responses to The Author

  1. Mindy McIntosh-Shetter says:

    I used to be an agricultural education instructor in Jefferson County Kentucky and understand the problems. Please contact me so that we can talk more. Thank you.

  2. We’d love to chat more with you about what you do, what we do, and how we might be able to help you with making an impact on Louisville’s local food community. Sharing our love of growing great food by sustainable means and cooking are a passion. Looking forward to connecting!

  3. Matt Bell says:

    Sarah – I just read the great article in the National Journal. I really appreciate the work you’re doing. How do we get your work to influence what’s on the menu in Oldham County public schools? Just about every week that I read our kids’ lunch menu I cringe.

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