Louisville Farm to Table began in 2009 as the result of a collaboration between Louisville Metro and rural county elected officials to boost a declining tobacco economy and their conviction that the robust food market in Louisville could help. The Louisville Farm to Table coordinator “brokers” relationships between farmers and the market and facilitates the building of infrastructure systems to shorten the food value chain. Louisville Farm to Table was an original participant in the USDA’s Value Chain Coordination effort, Food LINC.
For the first eight years of the program, Louisville Farm to Table operated with a very generous contribution from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. In 2018, Louisville Farm to Table “graduated” from the funding program, and Louisville Metro took full ownership. Louisville Farm to Table has generated around $15 in known sales for every $1 spent on the program.