Ten Things I Learned at the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference

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Yes I took notes in class! Giggles

  • More demand for Organic produce than there is supply. Kentucky Agriculture Commission Comer says we need to be working harder to get producers certified organic.

  • To become certified organic, production records must be maintained for three years prior.

  • If you wish to bake value-added goods such as zucchini bread for resale you cannot use eggs produced on your own farm. Eggs must be inspected by the government.

  • On March 24 there will be an heirloom seed swap at the Pineville Settlement School.

  • When growing Cole Crops such as Broccoli, plant rows of Sweet Alyssum flowers to attract beneficial insects.

  • Paw Paw flowers are self contained but cross pollination occurs through transference beetles and flies.

  • Stinkbugs, a new menace in Kentucky, can transfer their stench to fruit, particularly briar berries.

  • The breakeven point on sugar cane sorghum is $66 dollars an acre.

  • Kentucky Proud extends a Reward Program to Restaurants who feature Kentucky Proud farm products on their menu.

  • University of Kentucky students are responsible for the development of recipes that are distributed by Kentucky Proud members at Farmers Markets.

The Legendary Seed Saver Bill Best

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.