Community Events

We connect Kentuckians to local, sustainable, organic farmers by hosting several community events throughout the season. Join OAK at an upcoming event and subscribe to the Make Mine Organic e-newsletter and explore the community resources for more information.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for future events!

Take a look at the recordings and resources below and subscribe to our OAK newsletter for latest information any future OAK events. 



Past Events

Cook with a Farmer: Veggie Hash with UK Organic Farming Unit

Date: Monday, October 17, 2022

Location: The Food Connection at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Event Summary: Participants attended a hands-on CSA cooking class with Farm Manager Kristi Durbin from the UK Organic Farming Unit and Chef Tanya from The Food Connection! During this event, attendees learned about UK Organic Farming Unit's CSA program, growing practices and wide variety of certified organic produce. Then they prepared a seasonal veggie hash alongside Chef Tanya who shared pro tips to store, cook and enjoy a CSA share for the rest of the season! 


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Virtual Cooking Demo: Fall Lasagna 

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: 

The City of Lexington, Chef Tanya Whitehouse from The Food Connection, and KY Farm Share Coalition hosted a virtual cooking demo featuring a Fall Lasagna. Chef Tanya highlighted a wide variety of produce you can use in this comforting dish and other sauce ideas. 


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Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair 

Fall CSA Promotion Image 2022
Date: September 7-14th, 2022
Location: CSA in Kentucky Facebook Group
Event Summary: This event featured CSA farms across Kentucky to raise awareness of fall-fresh produce, meat and other value-added products being grown in Kentucky this fall. For event resources, check out the CSAs in KY Facebook group here. Explore the KY Proud CSA directory for a full of partner farms here

Join the CSAs in KY FB Group
View the Fall CSA Directory




Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair: Winter Squash Demo

Date: September 14th, 2022 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: The Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair celebrated the last day of our week-long event with a cooking demo with Chef Tanya Whitehouse from The Food Connection. During this event, we showed off two recipes Roasted Acorn Squash with Greens and Mushroom Ricotta and Fall Squash Agrodolce.












Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair: CSA on a Budget

Date: September 7th, 2022 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: The Find Your Fall CSA Virtual Fair kicked off our week-long event with a conversation with guest speaker LaToya Drake, Nutrition Education Program Coordinator with University of Kentucky Extension. During this event, she shared tips to minimize food waste for home cooks, how to stretch your food dollars, and maximize your CSA share. 










Virtual Cooking Demo: If You Can't Take the Heat

UK Health and Wellness CSA Chef Demo Image

Date: July 12th, 2022 

Location: Zoom Meeting (for UK H&W employees)

Event Summary: OAK was joined by Tanya Whitehouse, chef and program manager from The Food Connection and Vanessa Oliver, registered dietitian with UK Health and Wellness, offered seasonal recipes to beat the heat this year, especially for those receiving a weekly CSA share.  










Virtual Cooking Demo: Think Green

KYFSC Think Green Chef Demo Graphic

Date: June 23rd, 2022 

Location: Zoom Meeting

Event Summary: Tanya Whitehouse, chef and program manager from The Food Connection offered two great demos for a greens pesto with zoodles and meatless "meatballs." Both recipes are versatile and can be used for a wide range of dishes with veggies in your CSA share, farmers market trip, or the garden.​ 


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OAK's consumer events work to connect all Kentuckians with more local, organic farmers in order to transform our food systems, so communities and farms thrive.