The Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference
began in 1999 as an afternoon event at Murray State University. Subsequent events have been held at the Galt
House in Louisville, Kentucky State University Farm, Bellarmine University, University of Louisville, Spalding University, and Kentucky Country Day School.
This conference is held to educate and inform about issues of food and agriculture and their role in climate change,
the environment, faith and justice, community, and public health
. Sierra Club supports
independent farms and does not see industrial-scale agriculture as it now exists as a sustainable
model. We feel that growing and eating local foods
is part of a solution that helps build stronger,
more just communities.
Creating a local farm economy is beneﬁcial to economic development and
communities, to clean air and water and healthy soil, and for safe, healthy food for our families.
such as Wendell Berry, Barbara Kingsolver, Eric Schlosser,
Wes Jackson, Daniel Imhoff, Joel Salatin, Josh Viertel, Anna Lappe, Colin Beavan and many other
outstanding speakers have been featured at this event.
In addition to educational sessions and speakers, hands-on learning stations
are often featured at the conference and have included such activities as Beekeeping, rain gardens
and native plants
, composting and vermiculture, permiculture, growing mushrooms
, and more.
This conference is usually held sometime in the Fall
. As registration, program, speaker and other information becomes available on the next HFLF Conference, we will provide it here