Organic Association of Kentucky
The Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) is a non-profit, membership based organization dedicated to improving the health of the environment and the citizens of Kentucky by providing resources and education to farmers and consumers who are interested in driving change for a more regenerative and organic food system.
PO Box 22244
Lexington, KY 40522
Farmer Field Days focus on production and research while Consumer Field Days connect people with your farmers and food. Field Day topics are determined by our membership and designed to meet the needs of KY farmers and the organic marketplace.
OAK's annual sustainable and organic agriculture conference that features local and national experts and speakers, farm tours, trade show, short courses, dozens of sessions by seasoned farmers, researchers & agriculture professionals. This dynamic event provides Kentucky farmers the opportunity to grow their network & harvest new resources. Research conducted at this event shows significant value chain coordination occurs as a result of programming and networking opportunities to meet the needs of Kentucky farmers.
OAK also provides organic transition support through Transition Trainers who assist farmers interested in pursuing organic certification, which may include: navigating regulations; farm transition plans; principles of organic agriculture; marketing; record keeping; organic crop, livestock, grain and dairy production.
Lastly, OAK works with the Kentucky Farm Share Coalition to bring healthy, locally grown organic vegetables into workplaces through a Community Supported Agriculture program. Employers & employees enjoy the health and wellness benefits that come with eating fresh, organic vegetables. Our research partners at University of Kentucky have found that those who participate in CSA go to the doctor less, spend less on medications, eat more fruits and vegetables and report feeling healthier.
Our programs are possible because we have a committed membership and strong partnerships. We work within a diverse network to ask questions, identify needs and develop programming that is timely and beneficial for Kentucky's organic growers. With consumers demanding more organic foods and Kentucky farmers looking for ways to increase farm income, we see opportunity to grow and sell more organic foods locally, adding revenue to our local enocomies and keeping our agricultural lands productive.