Leader Fellowship Program Overview

Two main goals:

a) To financially allow leaders to develop their leadership skills;
b) To build organizational capacity around a particular focus or issue.

Leader Fellowships are created at the discretion of the Community Farm Alliance Board, including the amount of the stipend, the duration of the Fellowship, the goals of the Fellowship and any other parameters. CFA Fellows are not staff members, but work closely with staff by attending meetings and coordinating schedules, workplans and issue development. As leaders, CFA Fellows are expected to be spokespersons for the organization, especially pertaining to the focus of their fellowship.


Grassroots Communication Fellowship Program

Eastern Kentucky is at the point where it can build a food system that is equitable and accessible to all, provides fresh nutritious food, and is an economic generator that builds community wealth. The momentum of local food system development, and economic transition in general, has reached the tipping point. With the emergence of federal, state and local political leadership, what has been largely a grassroots movement supported by private philanthropy is at a moment where these efforts can either result a series of projects over the short-term or a long-term process based on creating systemic change.

Eastern Kentucky can have a bright future, and agriculture can be an important part of it, but to do so we must educate everyone about the economic, health and social impacts of local food systems to build demand, support public policy, and the career viability of farming and food entrepreneurship.

Our Grassroots Fellows are telling the story of compelling, diverse examples of how local food and farming in Eastern Kentucky can contribute to an economic transition. Learn about Breaking Beans: The Appalachian Story Project.


Sam Hamlin

Sam joins CFA as a Fellow through the Highlander Center for Research and Education’s Appalachian Transition Fellowship program. Sam was raised in rural Montgomery County in southwest Virginia and comes from a long line of railroaders, miners, and farmers. She worked for many years as a server in the restaurant industry before moving into the field of education and community organizing. She is completing a degree in adult education at North Carolina State University. Her main passions are community organizing, drawing comics, long walks in the woods, and dancing of all kinds.