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.