2023 Issue 3: Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture Didn’t Start Yesterday: The Birth of No-Till

by | May 2, 2023 | Newsletter

Harry and John Young standing in a field cultivated with no-till method

Harry and John Young. Photo courtesy of Alexander Young. From University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment.

“The earth is what we all have in common” states Kentucky author, poet and farmer Wendell Berry. With the renewal of life sprouting from the ground and the recent celebration of Earth Day, we all see the importance of preserving the earth. But to those who produce and grow our food, the emphasis on the land extends beyond one day and time. It’s a reminder that sustainable agriculture practices didn’t just start yesterday.

As the “sun shines bright on my Kentucky home” during this Derby week, it’s the perfect time to highlight another vital contribution from the Bluegrass state to the world, the sustainable agriculture practice of no-tillage production. Read in this issue how one Kentucky farmer’s inquisitive mind pioneered a more sustainable way to grow food. And talking about food, don’t miss how you can add a “little touch of the Bluegrass” to your Derby party (or any meal), as I highlight one of my favorite sweet endings, flavored with Kentucky’s finest. Cheers to May!