Through leadership development and community based research, CFA helps to equip advocates and change agents so they can better define the opportunities and challenges in their food system and work together to solve them. We started this work by exploring food insecurity in West Louisville with “Bridging the Divide: Growing Self-Sufficiency in Our Food Supply” in 2007. Next, we collaborated with the University of Kentucky’s Rural Sociology Department on a Lexington Food System Assessment Report.

Today, we are using what we have learned in Louisville and Lexington to support rural areas as they organize and begin researching food security issues in their Community. Currently, we are working in three communities: Berea, Floyd County and Bowling Green. Check out the progress of these assessments, by clicking on the links at the top of this page.

If you are interested in getting involved in one of our current research projects or want to access our research tools, please contact Martin Richards at: Martin (at) 

Check out our Resources page where you can find pdf versions of past presentations and publications.