The urban agriculture Extension program centers on growing food in urban areas—from small farms to community gardens and backyards. Services include providing advice to urban growers about vegetable selection and growing techniques, such as an appropriate crop rotation and transitioning to organic production. Future programming will also center around the development of a demonstration vegetable garden on Kentucky State University’s Frankfort campus to show how a family of four could grow their vegetables in a small space. Additional workshops, events and informational publications about different aspects of vegetable production are also available.
The Kentucky State University Small Farm Program integrates Extension education and outreach that targets small, limited-resource, minority, women, veteran, refugee, disabled, low-literacy, and beginning farmers. This one-on-one educational program provides hands-on education, demonstrations, group meetings, tours and educational field days for its cooperators. Coupled with the Small Farm Program are The Third Thursday Thing monthly educational workshops and field days on sustainable agriculture; the annual Small, Limited-Resource/Minority Farmers Conference that provides a wealth of information on U.S. Department of Agriculture and state agencies, farmer successes, and health screenings; and the newly established Fourth Wednesday Small Beef Cattle Producers monthly workshops.
Kentucky State University’s horticulture Extension provides research-based education and outreach on various fruit and nut crops including pawpaw, blackberry, hazelnut, persimmon and jujube. Specialized areas of focus include pawpaw breeding, variety trials, propagation, orchard management, harvest and postharvest handling of fruit, and value-added product development. Extension activities include farm visits, tours and workshops such as hands-on grafting workshops, orchard tours at the KYSU farm, and fruit tastings. We also assist pawpaw growers of all sizes—from commercial orchards and nurseries to homeowners and hobbyists—with questions about growing and utilizing fruits and nuts. Informational publications, videos, and social media are utilized to disseminate information about the program.
Small Farm Development
- Center for Sustainability of Farms & Family
- Apiculture Program
- Animal Health
- Livestock Nutrition Program
- Small Ruminants
- Pastured Poultry
- Rosenwald 4-H Youth Development Center
- 4-H Tech Wizards
- AG Discovery (AGD)
- Youth Programming
- Summer Transportation Institute
- Watershed Education Program
- Kentucky River Thorobred