• OAK Field Days
  • OAK Field Days


Upcoming events

    • 19 Jul 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Capital Cellars 227 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY 40601

    Join us for an evening of socializing and organic wine tasting! This is a very low-key event; come and go as you please. Meet OAK staff and Board members, hear about OAK's program updates and learn why organic matters - even when it comes to your drinks!

    The tasting is complimentary, and we will taste through 4 or 5 organic and organic / biodynamic products from California, Spain, and France. Notice we did not say 'just wine!' The best part about tasting at Capital Cellars is that you can taste before you buy. You can be sure you like what you're getting, as all the wines we taste are for sale in the shop and can be purchased by-the-glass or bottle.

    Capital Cellars is Frankfort Kentucky’s only store that combines a wine, bourbon, beer, and spirits store, a restaurant, and a bar. They carry a great selection of Kentucky’s signature beverage, bourbon, from the central Kentucky region, have relationships with many of the country’s best distillers and vineyards, and are among the region’s best providers of food and Kentucky Proud merchandise.

    Let us know you're coming by following the link above to register for a FREE ticket. (Registration helps us know how many people to expect.) Donations are appreciated to help support OAK's programs; suggested donation $10/person.

    • 09 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Runchero Farm 800 Nations Road Shelbyville, KY

    Productivity and profitability are key focal points of any farm, anywhere - organic farms expand these ideas to include not just yield and income but also productive crop rotations and soil ecosystems, and lucrative “natural capital” improvements.  Premium pricing and increasing market demand of certified organic products adds appeal when considering profitability margins, yet making the transition to organic production is not a decision to take lightly.  OAK’s Row Crops and Large-Scale Organic Transition Field Day will allow a glimpse into one Kentucky farm that’s working through the why’s and how’s of transition.


    Through a “slow and steady” process of farm assessment and soil improvement, Runchero Farms is set to achieve Organic Certification by 2020 for 700 acres of highly diversified crop and cattle production.  On this hayride tour, Farm Manager Tony Silvernail will lead us through Runchero’s fields and progress, demonstrating different stages of the transition process and planning, including…

    • Farm assessment: history, facilities, equipment
    • Soil assessment: SOM, nutrients

    • Fertility building: cover crops, rotations, reduced tilling

    • Integrated product diversity: hemp, cattle, vegetables

    • Market considerations

    • Managing a parallel (organic and conventional) operation


    Shawn Lucas, Assistant Professor of Organic Agriculture at Kentucky State University (KSU), will elaborate on Runchero’s industrial hemp production and how hemp crops can fit into operations transitioning to organic production.  The tour will also offer participants a look into Runchero’s allied endeavor, Runchero University and an optional on-site lunch of hamburgers and seasonal vegetables from Runchero Farm and KSU’s certified mobile kitchen.


    Cost for this Field Day is $5 for OAK Members; $10 non-members.  Registration is recommended.

    • 21 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Hill and Hollow Farm Stay, 475 Breeding Road, Breeding KY 42715

    Kentucky farmers have been shearing sheep for wool for countless generations.  Growing crops specifically to add color to wool products offers integrated Kentucky farms an additional opportunity for market success.

    Over the past dozen years, Robin Verson and Paul Bela have successfully integrated wool fiber production into their family farm in Metcalfe County.  As one of Kentucky’s longest running certified organic diversified farming operations, Hill and Hollow Farm’s 150 acres produce myriad products for a 50-member CSA, multiple regional farmers markets, and the family-of-five’s year-round needs.  Join OAK for this two-hour introduction to creating home-grown, botanically-dyed wool products for market.

    From their Certified Organic pastures, Robin and Paul manage a herd of 50 Jacob's sheep and will share their experiences of pasture management, husbandry specifics, choices of breed, milling, and their personal journey of developing a local fiber product. Within their Certified Organic vegetable, herb, and flower operation, Robin and Paul grow and harvest plants raised specifically for botanical dye production – primarily Japanese Indigo which will be in peak harvest season. 

    Out of their on-farm dye studio and certified kitchen, they culminate the process through dye production for their marketable value-added products.  Robin will share the process by which they certified their farm kitchen, demonstrate the dyeing process, and offer suggestions and lessons learned on how to market your farm fiber.

    Following the 2-hour glimpse into the sheep and fiber production, participants will have an opportunity to continue the conversation with Paul on an optional whole farm tour, including the high tunnel greenhouse, gardens, and  more.

    Cost for this Field Day is $5 for OAK Members; $10 non-members.  Registration is recommended.

    • 18 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • KSU’s Harold R Benson Research and Demonstration Farm, Frankfort, KY

    A focus of the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems at Kentucky State University (KSU) is researching and developing new opportunities for underserved and underrepresented farmers in Kentucky. Given Kentucky’s rich agricultural resources and fertile soils and the price premiums associated with organic production, KSU has long seen organic agriculture as an area of opportunity for Kentucky producers, large and small.  
    The 2014 Farm Bill allowed for the reintroduction of industrial hemp into the Kentucky agricultural landscape through the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. As this program has grown since 2014, there has been increasing interest in hemp in general as well as in organic hemp production. Since the hemp program’s inception, KSU has been a leader in hemp research and outreach in Kentucky and across the nation. 
    Shawn Lucas, Assistant Professor of Organic Agriculture at KSU, and the KSU Organic Program staff will host this OAK Field Day at KSU’s Harold R Benson Research and Demonstration Farm focusing on KSU’s current organic hemp research, including use of hemp in a grain rotation, and organic soil fertility via integrated livestock production. Three major hemp production aspects - fiber, grain, and nonintoxicating cannabinoids - will be discussed and included in the field tour.  Additionally, Doris Hamilton, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Hemp Program Manager, will be on hand to discuss the pilot program, and Chad Rosen, Founder and CEO of Victory Hemp, will share marketing successes of his hemp business and his vision on the future of the hemp industry in Kentucky. Participants will also have the opportunity to extend the learning with an optional visit to KSU’s aquaponic production facilities and heritage hemp operation.

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