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is a 27-acre, fifth-generation, multi-generational farm in Richmond, Kentucky that grows fruit, berries, vegetables, herbs, and seeds. Farmer Jim Embry is a noted permaculture expert, Slow Food proponent, and was named a 2023 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award Winner. They received a $4,996 grant to purchase varieties of native pollinator plantsheirloom vegetable and culturally-relevant seeds, two bat boxes for natural pest control, three additional beehives and a bee nuc to expand their honey production, and install a combined solar and wind generating system to provide power for the micro-irrigation system in their high tunnel.

Farmer Jim Embry reported that despite a severe hail storm in June that damaged crops, fruit trees, buildings, and equipment, they were able to successfully complete their grant project.

Farm Jim Embry tending to a bee hive

“This FruitGuys Community Fund grant is an absolute blessing that allows small operations such as our farm to add to the dimensions of our work. So, we now have additional equipment, materials, seeds, bees and hives, all of which are climate smart agriculture practices that add to the work already in place on our farm.”


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