November 16, 2005 | By: Terri McLean

Writer, photographer and farmer Michael Ableman, who has become widely known for his work in sustainable agriculture, will be the featured guest at the Partners for Family Farms’ statewide gathering Dec. 4.

The event, from 4 to 6 p.m., will be at Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles and is open to the public. It is sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Brown-Forman/Woodford Reserve and radio station WUKY.

Ableman will read passages from and sign copies of his newest book, “Fields of Plenty; A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it.” The book chronicles Ableman’s travels from his home in British Columbia across the United States as he searches for farmers who are making a difference in what people eat and how they experience food.

“We are very excited,” said Betty King, Extension specialist in community and leadership development at the College of Agriculture and a member of PFF’s board of directors. “He has a beautiful, well-written book and he’s worked for many years as an advocate of sustainable food as both an author and a farmer.”

Kentucky writer Wendell Berry will be on hand to introduce Ableman. The presentation will be followed by a reception and silent auction.

Tickets are $25 for members of Partners for Family Farms and $45 for nonmembers. All ticket purchases are tax-deductible. Nonmember tickets include 2006 membership in PFF, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining farm life and farm land. To reserve tickets, call (859) 233-3056 or write P.O. Box 22259, Lexington, Ky., 40522.


Writer: Terri McLean 859-257-4736, ext. 276

Contact: Betty King, 859-257-3404