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Main contact information for this innovation: Kristopher Grimes
Main contact job title / position: State Specialist for Nutrition and Nutrition Education
Main contact number: 502-597-5070
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Innovation name: Mobile Teaching
Brief description of innovation as provided in online survey:
Notes from phone interview: in metropolitan Louisville, we put a mobile kitchen to help the people with process of their food, and [keeping date?], and have the food aspect of it. So we have a mobile kitchen we can serve in the metropolitan area of Louisville, for example, [?] food [in that area?]. So we move from place to place within the metropolitan area and provide education about [food?]. That's one aspect is a mobile kitchen.
Main contact information for this innovation: Kirk Pomper
Main contact job title / position: Associate Director of Research College of Agriculture, Food Science & Sustainable Systems
Main contact number: (502) 597-5942
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Innovation name: Value Added
Brief description of innovation as provided in online survey: "The KSU Fruit and Vegetable Mobile Processing Unit will help small farmers around Kentucky offer new value-added products to consumers and support Kentucky Proud efforts," said Dr. Kirk Pomper, a horticulturist and associate research director in the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems, who helped obtain the funding for the new unit. "We are thrilled to have the unit completed and ready to be unveiled."
A number of recipes for value-added items have already been pre-developed to help small farmers develop new products. Enhancing services to underserved limited-resource farmers, who are often not reached by traditional cooperative extension approaches, in the safe commercial processing of fruits and vegetables will significantly increase economic opportunities for these individuals. Limited-resource farmers in Kentucky will add value to their crops by supporting the development of products that can be marketed in restaurants, grocery stores and gift shops.
The Fruit and Vegetable Mobile Processing Unit is funded in part by a grant obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. KSU plans to offer use of the unit starting in June.