The Cultivate KY partnership is a collaborative initiative, spearheaded by The Food Connection, aimed at supporting specialty crop producers as they transition into wholesale markets and supply fresh, seasonal produce to our schools and institutions. 

Our partnership is comprised of on and off campus partners from across the food and farm system including The Kentucky Horticultural Council, Bluegrass Farm to Table, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, UK’s Food Systems Innovation Center and Horticultural Research Farm. We work together in developing strategic and innovative programing to support the development of wholesale ready producers in the Commonwealth.

Our program’s Senior Extension Associate, Bryan Brady, works directly with Kentucky farmers and food aggregators, and delvers both one-on-one technical assistance, field days, workshops, webinars, and publications.

Program materials and other information for the partnership are housed at UK’s Center for Crop Diversification website here.

To contact our Senior Extension Associate, email