FoodWorks: Louisville


Louisville – it may not be the first place that comes to mind, but is THE place where the local food scene is exploding!

Named the Top Destination of 2013” by Lonely Planet, as well as voted “Most Compassionate City," Louisville is more than home to the Kentucky Derby, it is an unexpected destination gaining national recognition for their local food initiatives.

Be sure to check out the good work Fifth Day leader Joe Franzen is doing at Fern Creek High School with his food literacy class and cooking club. Also, Joe and Bread Loaf students (as well as Fern Creek teachers) Brent Peters and Paul Barnwell ‘04 have created a connection with the Navajo Nation. In February, the three teachers took a group of Fern Creek students to visit the Navajo Nation, learning and sharing food practices in the home, in the classroom and beyond. Be sure to check out Paul’s blog Mindful Stew about their trip.  

Joe, Paul, and Brent, and many others are the reason Louisville has received national recognition for its efforts to deepen and develop the local food movement. At a Food Summit in February, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and renowned author Wendell Berry outlined ways Louisville’s local food economy can become a sustainable economic model.