After weeks of spreading the word about our Master Cattleman and his dedicated work with our herd, we are thrilled to announce that Derek Lawson is officially Louisville’s Favorite Farmer in Edible’s Local Hero Awards! We are so grateful to those who voted in support of sustainability, mission-driven farming, Derek, and Foxhollow Farm. On the farm we have long called Derek our hero, and it’s wonderful for his work to be acknowledged by the community at large.
So what does it mean to be Louisville’s Favorite Farmer? As Edible Louisville describes it:
We define it as someone whose business offers high-quality local products and maintains high standards in social and environmental practices, food sourcing, regional economic impact and commitment to promoting a sustainable food system.
This truly describes Derek’s role at Foxhollow Farm, and we could not be happier that he received this honor. The icing on the cake, however, was being able to throw him a surprise party to announce his Favorite Farmer Local Hero award and celebrate his five years on the farm with friends and family.
Also celebrating with us were several other nominees recognized by Edible in the Favorite Farmer category: our Partner Growers Roots Underwood and Pavel’s Garden, and Foxhollow’s own head gardener Maggie Keith! We set out to honor our Master Cattleman and have been overwhelmed with support for our farm community and mission. Synergy—the increased effectiveness that results when two or more people or businesses work together—is central to our work on this land and we are proud to farm alongside these folks.
If you would like to learn more about Edible’s Local Hero Awards and see the list of winners and nominees, visit Edible Louisville’s website. To get to know Derek Lawson a little better, check out our earlier blog post.