Our Summer Story

It's been said every summer has a story. The theme to our summer story: community support for survivors of domestic violence.


  1. The summer began with good news! Suburban Women's Club of Lexington made the season's first purchase from the farm. They proudly displayed our Kentucky-native flowers on the tables at Celebrating the Bluegrass, a fundraiser benefiting our agency and Kentucky Pink Connection.
  2. A few days later, the Lunafest Lexington planning committee met to plan for this year's festival featuring films for, by and about women on Thursday, November 7 at The Kentucky Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. Learn more about this annual event.
  3. LUNAFEST - 2013/2014 Season Trailer
  4. We're so happy to be partnering with the Lexington Film League to coordinate a local film contest during this year's Lunafest Lexington!
  5. At the end of June, John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Tequila, along with our friends from Grow Appalachia and JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation visited the farm and shelter.
  6. July began with an exciting announcement. Our Executive Director, Darlene Thomas, was named President of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association. A few days later, she was in Washington D.C. at The National Network to End Domestic Violence Advocacy Day Conference. While there, Darlene met with Members of Congress to talk about funding and legislation to respond to domestic violence in Kentucky.
  7. Later that month, Chef Kate and Chef Bryan of Simply Nutritious visited our shelter to share a few simple field-to-table recipes with our shelter residents and staff. All of the dishes featured produce from the farm!
  8. Throughout the month of July, Episode 7 of the kNOwMORE Nonprofits documentary series aired on KET. The farm program was featured alongside other nonprofit agencies that provide food and nutrition services in Kentucky. Our segment was supported by generous sponsorships from Grow Appalachia; Raymond James; and Ed Burtner, Mayor of Winchester.
  9. Nonprofits & Nutrition kNOwMORE Nonprofits Episode 7 [HD]
  10. Then, our 140-character tweet to the Case Foundation was chosen as the winner of a twitter haiku contest! Our prize was a VIP registration to MCON13, a national conference about engaging the Millennial generation in nonprofit missions.
  11. In August, First Lady Jane Beshear stopped by for a tour of our shelter and farm.
  12. Then, later that same week, flowers from our farm decorated the tables at the Commodities Breakfast, the annual kickoff event for the Kentucky State Fair!
  13. As the summer began to wane, we celebrated 100 Women's past and current support of our agency.
  14. Summer is coming to a close, but some of our sunflowers are still standing tall. They're a reminder to survivors and staff to carry the joy of summer with them.
  15. Thank you for being part of our agency's story during every season of the year. With your support, we are ending intimate partner abuse in families and its impact on the community.