What We Do
FoodChain is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working in the heart of Lexington, KY to forge links between our community and fresh food through education and demonstration of sustainable food systems. We began our work in 2011 and in 2012 built an innovative aquaponics farm to demonstrate sustainable agriculture in an urban environment. The farm is used to teach visitors about urban farming and the growing cycle, teach producers about this method of agriculture for economic diversity, and conduct research while growing some of the freshest greens, microgreens, and seafood in the city! Starting in the summer of 2015 we increased our education from food production to food processing with youth cooking classes. We provide monthly community meals which incorporate local produce from our farm and local Kentucky farms. In our Teaching and Processing Kitchen we provide even more education around fresh food, generate economic farm impact through seconds and surplus purchasing from local farms, facilitate a Food Sector Job Training Program, and increase access to local nutritious foods for our neighbors!
In our teaching and processing kitchen, we focus our programming around three main objectives:
- Boost kitchen confidence.
- Discover seasonality of fruits and vegetables.
- Explore personal food preferences.
We do this through hosting hands-on Food Literacy courses for both youth and adults, processing locally grown seconds and surplus, training community members for jobs in the local food economy, and preparing meals for Nourish Lexington and SNACKS for local youth that utilize locally grown ingredients.
How We Do It
Summer Food Service Program
Stir It Up Cooking Classes
Hours of Operation
FoodChain is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19
9:00am – 5:00pm
We are not offering tours at this time in effort to keep staff and community safe.
Drop Us a Line
Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!