The Recipe: Bringing Everything to the Table

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.

Culinary Artists:

From the Heart Catering

The Jerk Lex

Daughters' Southern

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:


Comment: The Black Soil Charitable Fund


Send friends and family with The Black Soil Charitable Fund 


Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

300 E. Third St. 

Lexington, KY 40508

Memo on check: Black Soil Charitable Fund

Cover Photo Credit: Marley Johnson Photography

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We're glad you're here for the Black Soil experience! These year-round events include Farm Tours, Farm to Table Dinners and Off-Season Workshops where you are connected Kentucky's black farmers/growers/producers. Black Soil events allow attendees to celebrate and educate themselves on the narratives, experience, and expertise of our partner black farmers.

Representing 1.4% of the primary farm operators in the state, black farmers account for less than 600 of the more than 76,000 agricultural operations in Kentucky.

The mission of Black Soil: Our Better Nature is to reconnect black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture.

By bringing together urban families with rural and urban-based black farmers/growers/producers across the state, we help introduce opportunities in agriculture that promote self-sufficiency, encourage healthy living, and activate cooperative economics.

Our vision is to help foster a greater market share for black farmers and producers as they provide healthy food options to a larger consumer base.


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