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Saturday, 6 March 2021


Credit: WTVQ Lexington, KY
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Where our food comes from or what work it takes to grow it.

That could all change this week.

You can get to know the farmers who grow your food...virtually.

Abc 36's bobbi mcswine spoke to a lexington farmer's market owner who hopes to connect more kentuckians with farm fresh food.

####### "eat local year- round.

That, to us, is not only something that is trendy and easy to say, but it's a lifestyle that we can practice."

That's part of the reason why ashley smith co-founded 'black soil: our better nature' in lexington.

Another reason...the disproportionate number of black people she saw represented in agriculture.

"if mother nature can't see who puts the seed in the ground, then why do we have such enormous disparities in agriculture?"

A question smith says directly relates to another deserts in minority communities.

That's where 'black soil' comes in.

"so by pairing these underrepresented farmers and communities that are struggling to access seasonal produce, local meats and healthy food options, black soil really does play the role of match-maker and liasion."

Smith says she used to host farm tours....and farm- to-table dinners.

Now...with the pandemic still disrupting everyday life...she says she's glad to be a part of the week-long kentucky proud community supported agriculture fair...going on until the 28th....virtually...f or the second year in a row.

"it allows kentucky producers to really make those connections and build relationships with consumers."

Smith says 'black soil' partners with 13 farms across kentucky...and sells weekly shares on their behalf...everything from farm fresh eggs...beets...carro ts...meat and more.

Customers can have it delivered...or pick it up from one of 'black soils' several lexington partner locations.

Smith says the fair is already bringing in new enrollment...somet hing she expects for many people are becoming more mindful of their food choices.

"covid-19 heaped upon us this awareness of where is our food coming from.

We saw grocery store aisles bare to the bone."

In lexington...bobbi 36 news.

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