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Ron Mikulak, with the Courier Journal, learning how to make sauerkraut at a Healthy Foods, Local Farms conference learning station.

Josh Viertel, President of Slow Foods USA, speaking at a Healthy Foods, Local Farms conference.

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Annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference

An Annual Event on Healthy, Sustainable Agriculture

About the Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference & its History +

Event Website

The Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference event has its own website: - be sure to check it for updated event information, links to purchase tickets, a schedule of activities, program speakers, and more.


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 beneļ¬cial to economic development and communities, to clean air and water and healthy soil, and for safe, healthy food for our families.


Notable speakers 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.

Experiential Learning

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 .

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