Community Farm Alliance (CFA) is a statewide grassroots membership organization dedicated to helping the people of Kentucky find their own voices, recognize their own power, and devise solutions to their own challenges through community organizing and leadership development.
Here's what folks are saying about CFA
We have benefited from the farmers markets in Louisville [which CFA helped create] since Deer Park Farmers Market opened in the mid to late nineties. We value the quality of food and we value our farmer's ethics. -Rose and Ampelio, CFA members since 2002
CFA raised me as a leader and made me a community member. As much as I believe in supporting family farms, I also believe in grassroots, and in the power of the people to improve their own lives. -Beth, member since 2005
Last year I became a volunteer with the Boyle County Farmers Market in order to bring the Double Dollars program to our market. We kicked off the program last summer with support from CFA. I have since learned a little more about what CFA does and so wanted to show my support and thanks with my monthly gift. -Julie, CFA member since 2014
A Little History
CFA began in 1985 during the farm credit crisis when a group of Kentucky tobacco and dairy farmers got together to set up a suicide hotline in order to help other farmers who faced losing their land and livelihood.
Over the years, CFA members have consistently led victorious grassroots campaigns to pass or defeat over 21 pieces of legislation in Kentucky.
In creating a vision for Kentucky agriculture beyond tobacco, CFA members identified local food system development as the best opportunity to maintain family-scale production and revive farming communities.
This state has made great strides in local food system creation over the last 15 years. However, some important challenges remain: local and regional market development and the cultivation of new and beginning farmers.
For more information about current programs and impact, please head over to our website.