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(Posted Tue. Nov 13th, 2012)
Nov. 13: Farm volunteers and staff talked with Incredible Food Show goers in Lexington. The annual show, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and CommonGround, brings together more than 3,000 exhibitors and attendees from across Kentucky and surrounding states to look at the latest food trends and innovative cooking methods. During the show, CommonGround Kentucky volunteers Jeanine Raymond, Miranda Chaplin and Carly Guinn kept the stories of the farmers growing the delicious foods on display, engaging in conversations with foodies interested in finding out about agriculture.
“The Incredible Food Show always brings attention to agriculture in Kentucky,” said Kentucky Corn Growers Association Director of Communications Jennifer Elwell. “Our CommonGround volunteers brought their unique perspective to the show and helped tell the story often left out of larger events, that of the farmer. At its core, CommonGround brings together the women who grow food and those who buy it to share in a dialogue. Through the conversations I heard, I found again and again that our volunteers are so open to addressing consumer concerns head on so that other moms just like them do not have to fear their food.”
The CommonGround booth attracted attention as the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer stopped by to meet the volunteers. In taking time to chat with the farmers in the CommonGround booth, he reinforced the importance of what the volunteers were doing and drew attention from the crowd. Volunteers also had the opportunity to meet celebrity chef Tyler Florence and discuss food topics with him.
“I am so proud of the work that our volunteers have done so far in Kentucky,” said Elwell. “They have stepped forward and taken on such an active role in furthering a dialogue with consumers, and they have done so with great success. From radio shows to national appearances, they have given more than a face to farming. They have given it a voice.”
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