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    • 17 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 3043 Schollsville Road, Winchester, KY 40391

    Laura Freeman, of Mt. Folly Farm in Winchester, has farmed all her adult life. After the cattle market crashed in 1983, she founded Laura’s Lean Beef Company. As it grew, the company became a complex puzzle of capital, producer contracting, calling on retail accounts, balancing supply and demand, building a loyal customer base, and answering to regulators. It drew her away from the day-to-day of running a farm, and taught her many lessons about the shape of our food system. As CEO, she built Laura’s into a $135 million-dollar business. In 2005, she had a serious horseback riding accident, which led to the business’ sale. Recovering, she remarried, liquidated her cow herd, and rented the farm out for a year, after which her daughter Alice managed the farm through 2015.

    Alice put the farm in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s hemp program, and started certifying fields organic through KDA. The farm, run by interns from a small non-profit, was plagued by very poor yields, which forced a change of direction. Laura and her husband sold their small farm in Massachusetts and came back to Kentucky for the 2016 season.

    With Clark County farmer Ben Pasley at the helm, Mt. Folly now has a good team of experienced farmers. Laura has started building brands again, and is opening the farm for tours and farm-stay vacations in a renovated 1790’s log house and nineteenth-century agricultural complex.  

     Mt. Folly Farm has also participated in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s innovative hemp program for three growing seasons and has a plot of hemp which will be certified organic this year. Join Laura, the Mt. Folly team, and OAK for an Organic Hemp and Grain Field Day on Thursday, August 17th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll have plenty to look at: organic hemp, corn, beans, and organic heritage grain. We’ll also look at the flame weeder and other cultivation equipment. And, we’ll look at the farm’s original 1790’s log house, a Kentucky landmark that is being renovated using hempcrete in parts. The cost for this Field Day is $5 for OAK members; $10 for non-members.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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