Jim founded Sustainable Communities Network in 2006. Since that time Jim has guided the development of 30+ community garden projects at homeless shelters, schools, neighborhood empty lots, city parks, faith institutions, domestic violence shelters that is now creating a 40 acre farm, Plant to Plate at Family Care Center , drug court programs, AIDS programs and more! He has organized local food summits, served on planning committees for national food justice conferences, inspired youth community Mural Art projects and provided important leadership in many community initiatives. Locally, the organization sponsors an annual Bluegrass Local Food Summit, establishes community and school gardens around the state, and is a leader in the city’s food justice work.
Mark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises LLC, founder of Restoration Agriculture Development LLC and award-winning author of the book, Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers. Mark has also been a farmer member of the Organic Valley cooperative, the worlds largest Organic Farmer’s marketing co-op, since 1995. He is most widely known as the founder of New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural savanna considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.
Vendor Fair / Trade Show
- During the Friday & Saturday portion of the event there will be a trade show which will showcase farm and garden vendors, quality hand-crafted goods, local businesses and the best they have to offer.
- Gourmet meals made by local chefs with local ingredients.