HARRODSBURG - Charlie Ison of Mercer County knows that small farmers need all the help they can get. As the third generation on Ison Family Farm in Mercer County, he's watched the small family farms in the area dwindle to a handful. He's also seen Kentucky's food sources emigrate outside the state.
So three or four years ago, he became active with Community Farm Alliance, a statewide, grassroots organization of persons committed to family-scale farming, according to www.communityfarmalliance.org.
Ison estimates the organization has more than 1,600 members in about 90 counties around the state.
"The more I liked (the organization)," Ison says, "the more involved I became."
Ison handed over the president's chair for CFA to Bonnie Cecil of Henry County Jan. 24.
"It very much is a grassroots organization," Ison says. "It's farm people.
"Community Farm Alliance is trying to keep small farms in business. What it is leaning toward is growing food for Kentuckians here (in Kentucky) instead of grown in other places and shipped here."