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Farmland, Food and Livable Communities

Lexington, Kentucky - October 20-22, 2014


American Farmland Trust's National Conference


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Saving the Bluegrass

Monday, October 20

8:00 am – 2:45 pm



This tour will head out on the Kentucky Scenic Byway and showcase rural equine, cattle and diversified farms preserved by Bluegrass Conservancy and Fayette County’s celebrated Purchase of Development Rights program. Visits to Darby Dan Farm—featured in a scene from “Secretariat”—Kentucky Horse Park and Dixiana Farm demonstrate a blend of the region’s rich agricultural history and modern equine industry. Lunch will be served at Brookfield Farm, one of the most storied diversified agricultural operations in Kentucky. Before heading back to the hotel, participants will be treated to appetizers and a tasting of hand crafted wine at Grimes Mill Winery, a family run business that makes their wine from grapes grown and cultivated mostly in Fayette County.

Tour guides: Billy Van Pelt, CEO, Woodford Forward, Incorporated, and Margaret Graves, J.D., former Chairwomen of the Fayette County Rural Land Management Board, Inc.


The tour departs from the Hilton Downtown Lexington at 8:00 am and returns at 2:45 pm.


Urban, Bourbon and Brew

Monday, October 20

8:00 am – 2:45 pm



This tour will highlight the city of Lexington’s mixed use & reuse development and urban agriculture. The tour begins at Main and Rose Lofts, downtown Lexington’s newest and best mixed use community, followed by a visit to Seedleaf, an urban garden that makes food available to people at risk of hunger in central Kentucky. The tour then continues to east of downtown to the 12-acre National Avenue Adaptive Reuse District, followed by lunch at National Boulangerie, a European-style beer bar and restaurant.

Other stops of interest include FoodChain (an aquaponics farm in an old bread factory), West Sixth Brewing Company and Town Branch Distillery/Kentucky Ale Brewery, makers of the award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. 

Tour Guides: Derek Paulsen, PhD., Commissioner of Planning, Preservation and Development and Jeff Fugate, President and CEO of Lexington Downtown Development Authority.

The tour departs from the Hilton Downtown Lexington at 8:00 am and returns at 2:45 pm.


Questions? Contact Doris Mittasch at AFTNationalConference@farmland.org.

Media please contact Laura Trivers at ltrivers@farmland.org




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