SEED Capital KY (an initiative of Grasshopper Distribution) and the Louisville Public Library are co-sponsoring the Feb. 16 event, “Around the Table: Planning Louisville’s Food Economy.” The event will feature “kitchen table discussions” focusing on developing a thriving local food economy in Louisville, including funding, food policy, resources and future opportunities.

Mayor Greg Fischer will give his third annual State of the Local Food Economy address. Farmer, poet and food activist Wendell Berry will also issue a keynote address about what the local food “movement” means for farmers and our urban/rural relationships.

Stephen Reily, founder of SEED Capital KY, will emcee the event, which will include area farmers, business owners and members of the community.

The event will take place at the Main Branch of the Louisville Public Library at 301 York St. from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event is free and will include a free locavore lunch for all attendees, but tickets are required. Register online at or by phone at 502-574-1644.

Event Schedule:
Sat., Feb 16:

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. – 12:15 – Welcome; Conversations on Demand Study, strategic efforts to expand local food economy
12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Lunch/Networking Sessions
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. – State of the Local Food Economy with Mayor Greg Fischer
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Conversations with Mayor Fischer, Wendell Berry; End of Program