Updated: May 13, 2020
Black Soil: Our Better Nature, Kentucky's premier agritourism company, announces its COVID19 Response Pay-it-Forward program, The Recipe. This effort focuses on provision of basic human needs to vulnerable community members through food boxes sourced from Kentucky based farmers, weekly meal deliveries prepared by underutilized culinary artists and household needs vital to maintaining safety and hygiene.
This program supports farmers in Fayette, Bourbon, Lincoln and Wayne Counties, 7 Lexington based underutilized, under resourced culinary artists and a minimum of 10 families over a 20 week feeding program (June-October). Future phases include initiatives to sponsor members to YMCA and the development of a city wide network of fresh produce markets at historically Black churches.
Thanks to a generous $5,000 micro-grant from The Lee Initiative, Black Soil is off to a great start towards its goal of $40,000.
Your thoughtful gift amplifies the work of the following agencies, farms and brands within the Central Kentucky region.
Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center: fiscal agent
Black Soil: Our Better Nature: direct support for Kentucky based Black farmers, culinary artists, value added product vendors and makers
Cleav's Family Market, LaRue Co.
Hutchinson Produce, Wayne Co.
Stoner View Farm Bed and Breakfast, Bourbon Co.
Miller's Farm, Lincoln Co.
SlakMarket Farm, Fayette Co.
From the Heart Catering
The Jerk Lex
Not Your Ordinary Vegan
Taco Queen Catering
Woke Junk Food Vegan
We are seeking stakeholders from the business community and concerned citizens looking to make a difference can contribute a tax deductible contribution to the Black Soil Charitable Fund held at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. Black Soil in partnership with other community agencies offer the following ways to Pay-it-Forward:
Goal: Raise $20,000 to feed a minimum of 10 families weekly for 20 weeks
Activity: Provide local farm products (seasonal produce, farm fresh eggs and local meats) to 10 Central Kentucky based families.
Goal: Raise $10,000 to feed 50 community members a week featuring doorstep delivery for 20 weeks
Activity: Provide 50 meals to Central Kentucky based nonprofits serving financial and socially vulnerable community members: Step by Step, Arbor Youth Services, Community Action Council, Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Goal: Raise $10,000 to provide household goods and needs such as cleaner, disinfectants, etc. to financial vulnerable households
Activity: Bundle household goods and needs with weekly meal and CSA deliveries
Goal: Develop relationships with strategic partners such as the Lexington-Fayette Health Department, LFCUG, area farmers and culinary artists. Cultivate a minimum of 5 church partner to collaborate on rotating fresh produce markets to increase the access to local food for marginalized populations
Activity: Launch community markets and institutional shared agriculture to support area farmers and culinary artists in providing access to local foods.
Please consider how you and your network can Pay-it-Forward in helping us, help others. Can you pitch in towards our goal of $40,000? This funding support allows us to continue to stabilize our local food system, sustain jobs and employment and bridge critical and basic human needs to vulnerable community members.
How to support:
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Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
300 E. Third St.
Lexington, KY 40508
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Cover Photo Credit: Marley Johnson Photography