Greater Louisville Agribusiness
of the Year Award
29th Annual | Presented at the
Farm City Celebration Luncheon
The Agribusiness Industry Network in partnership with Greater Louisville Inc, the Louisville area Chamber of Commerce, annually honors a local business with the Agribusiness of the Year Award.
To qualify as an agribusiness, a company must provide agricultural services or buy, sell, process or utilize farm products. They must also be doing business in the Kentuckiana market.
Anyone may nominate a company for consideration. Criteria for the award include: sustained financial growth, overall contribution to our community and excellent employee relations. Nominations for 2023 will be accepted starting January 1st. Deadline for the 2023 nominations is June 28. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org your nominee. We need: name of company, address, contact name and telephone number.
Nominated firms will be contacted by the judging committee and asked to complete a formal application. The committee will then select from among those who complete the application process.
2022 Agribusiness of the Year
Mulberry Orchard got its start in 2003 when two college students, Matt and Amanda Gajdzik, started a small cattle farm in Shelby County. From that beginning, the couple has since expanded their farming operation and transitioned to a focus on horticulture and agritourism that has become a popular destination for visitors young and old alike.
The property now boasts 7,000 fruit trees and acres of vegetable plantings, as well as an extensive children’s playground, complete with a corn maze, petting zoo and repurposed farm machinery that anchor swings, slides and crawls. There is also a farm market and commercial kitchen to enhance the visitor experience. The farm is open for group tours and individual visits from spring months through the end of October.
Their food items are on the food service menus of several nearby school systems and are regularly featured in restaurants and bars across Louisville. The on-farm market also serves as a sales outlet for neighboring farms and local craftspeople.