Kacie Luckett, a Central and East Baton Rouge Parish native, was selected the 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Woman, June 21 at the 96th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention.
This award is presented to a woman agriculture producer who promotes leadership and the continuation of the family farm in Louisiana.
Luckett and her family are first generation produce farmers. She, with her husband Derek, son Dalton and daughter Maycee, grow local produce, grass-fed beef and cut flowers on Luckett Farms located Central and Pride. They currently sell their produce direct to the consumer either through a community supported agriculture program or seasonally at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market in Baton Rouge. The Lucketts also consider their five H-2A visa workers from Mexico a part of their family, a news release said.
In a CSA, customers pay for their produce before the growing season and receive weekly boxes of fruits and vegetables throughout the season.
Recently, Luckett Farms got into the agri-tourism market by acquiring some land on Rosedown Plantation to develop a corn maze and pumpkin patch for fall visitors.
Luckett is a graduate of Central High and Our Lady of the Lake Physical Therapy program. This was the impetus for her agricultural career because as a therapist she helped deliver boxes of food to home health care patients.
Luckett is a recent alum of the LSU AgCenter’s Agricultural Leadership program. She said she is passionate about educating others on the value of locally grown, fresh produce.
“It is an honor to be acknowledge for such a prestigious award," she said. This award validates what we are doing at Luckett Farms and helps with our credibility.”
As the winner of this award, Kacie will receive a $2,000 Farm Bureau Bank Gift Card, a trip to the American Farm Bureau FUSION Conference in Minneapolis, $1,500 Equipment Rental from H&E equipment, $500 cash from BASF, $250 visa gift card, $250 Choice Hotels Gift Card, and $250 Farm Bureau Bank Gift card.
For more information about Luckett Farms and becoming a part of their CSA program, visit www.LuckettFarms.com.
The 96th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation ended June 24 at the New Orleans Marriott.