Kellye Wilson, co-owner of Star Farm in Anderson County, will discuss the “Farm to Table” movement and the trend toward organically grown produce during a Wednesday presentation in Oak Ridge.
Wilson will be the featured speaker at a Wednesday luncheon meeting of the Altrusa Club of Oak Ridge. That meeting on Wednesday, March 25, will be at the DoubleTree Hotel.
The title of Wilson’s presentation will be “Farm to Table: Support your Local Farmer.”
Kellye Wilson and her husband, Ron Wilson, have both gardened and raised produce all of their lives, a press release said. However, for the last 10 years, they have focused on growing organic produce. Their farm, Star Farm, is located in the Dutch Valley community of Anderson County.
They have been members of the East TN Farm organization for nine years. East TN Farm manages the farmers’ markets at Jackson Square in Oak Ridge on Saturdays, Ebenezer Road in Knoxville on Tuesdays, and Lakeshore Park in Knoxville on Fridays. The organization has approximately 80 members total, and at the peak of the season, there can be as many as 40 members at the Oak Ridge market on Saturday mornings.
Kellye Wilson has served on the board of directors for East TN Farm for several years and has held the positions of president, vice president, and secretary. She and her husband have both served as market managers for the Oak Ridge Farmers Market.
Wilson is currently a practicing dental hygienist in Clinton, and Ron is now retired after working 37 years at Y-12 in Oak Ridge.
Altrusa International is a service organization comprised of community members focusing on leadership, partnership, and service with an emphasis on literacy and education. The Wednesday meeting starts with a lunch buffet at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at noon. The public is invited to attend. Reservations are $13 each and may be made by sending an email to [email protected] by Monday, March 23.