Farmers and other interested folks started OAK in 2009 to bring more attention to the benefits of an organic diet, and more resources to those growing organic and other low-input crops and livestock in Kentucky.
From founding member Brian Geier: "In January of 2009, some of us who were working at Kentucky State University had an idea to get people together to explore the creation of an organization dedicated to organic agriculture in Kentucky. It came from the University perspective; we thought we needed an organization that could help guide research priorities for research and extension agents.
That January, a modest but empowered group of farmers, grocers, nursery people, University workers, and Kentucky Department of Agriculture folks got together and agreed the idea was a good one. A steering committee was formed, and for the next year, the Organic Association of Kentucky, or OAK, was crafted.
In January of 2010, the first official meeting was held and a board was formed."
OAK received 501c3 status in September 2015.
(clockwise from top left): John Bell, Brian Geier, Jake Schmitz, Tony Powell, Larry Brandenburg, Shayne Wigglesworth, Kim Jordan, Deborah Hill, Molly Stotts