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Our History

The Food Literacy Project began in 2005 at the agricultural oasis between Oxmoor Country Club and Interstate 64. Since 2004, Field Day Family Farm, a tenant operation on this parcel of Oxmoor Farm, has cultivated 8 acres of fresh produce for a variety of local markets. Due to the farm’s unique setting in what is otherwise a highly suburban neighborhood, that year a local teacher asked to bring her students to the farm for a hands-on experience.

Knowing that this was more than a busy vegetable farmer could take on, Field Day Farmer Ivor Chodkowski recognized the need for a farm-based food education program that encouraged participants to touch, smell, taste, hear and observe the plants and animals on the farm.

With the goal of developing educational programs, Field Day Farm conducted a pilot education project in 2005 to test the idea of exposing young people to working models of urban agriculture through on-farm experiential education programs. That season, farm staff facilitated monthly educational programs for school classes, public school faculty summer institutes, and summer camp groups.

After much success and positive feedback from the pilot project, a nonprofit educational agency was formed to work in partnership with Field Day Farm to bring urban communities in Louisville back to the roots of their food. In June of 2006 the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm was born.

2005

Pilot Education program begins on Field Day Family Farm.

2006

The Food Literacy Project is established as a 501©3 non-profit, a board forms and Founder Carol Gundersen is hired as the Executive Director.  Programming is volunteer-led.

2007

Volunteers establish the Youth Learning Garden. The Entrepreneurial Youth Development program launches. 1,500 students get their hands dirty on the farm.

2008

The Professional Development program begins. The Program Office opens, and a Garden Pavilion is established. The first Family Farm Day is held.

2009

The Multi-Visit Field-to-Fork program launches to deepen student connections with the farm.

2010

Field-to-Fork Program serves every JCPS environmental magnet school student. A Family Program is connected to the Multi-Visit program. Building of the Outdoor Teaching Kitchen begins. The first Field-to-Fork Dinner is held.

2011

First Lady Jane Beshear cuts ribbon to open Outdoor Teaching Kitchen. The Youth Service Internship program begins. Over 3,000 students get their hands dirty on the farm. The first Farm-Based Educators are hired. The Entrepreneurial Youth Development program

2012

A Program Coordinator is hired. Volunteer hours reach 15,000.

2013

An Administrative Office and Learning Center opens. The first national foundation grant is awarded from Johnson & Johnson.

2014

First Federal Grant (USDA) is awarded. Field-to-Fork After School Clubs are launched with family engagement and food access.

2015

Her Royal Highness Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall visits. Truck Farm is launched.

2016

10 year anniversary celebrates more than 40,000 youth and their families discovering the power of fresh vegetables. The Perennial Society is established.

2017

Iroquois Urban Farm programming is launched. Iroquois High School ATG program partnership is established, expanding YCAP to both summer and academic year tracks.

2018

First Community Youth Food Leaders are hired, expanding YCAP to year-round opportunities for teens and young adults. Management of South Points Farmers Market begins. Groundbreaking on Iroquois Urban Farm for construction of a Teaching Pavilion and Outdoor Teaching