Deadorah Bryant: Community Engagement Associate

Deadorah came to CFA at the end of 2015 from The Center for Appalachian Philanthropy, where she was very involved with Farmers’ Market programs in Morgan, Wolfe, and Elliott Counties.  She received her degree in social work from Morehead State University.  She is bringing her  experience to a macro level and hopes to inspire a renewed interest in farming and agriculture in Eastern KY.   She lives in Saylersville with her daughter and two dogs.  deadorah (at) cfaky.org

 

 

 

 

James Cochran: Farmers Market Support Program Manager

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James brings his 8 years of managing farmers markets in Northern California to CFA.  He oversaw a quarter of the markets for Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, supervising 18 markets in San Francisco and San Mateo County.  He is a graduate of Miami University (OH), where it became abundantly clear how important food and local production of food is to  community health. Since his arrival in Kentucky, he has worked with the Food In Neighborhoods Community Coalition, the Louisville Sustainability Council, and Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets.  He loves to cook, camp, ride his bike, pursue his photography, and trying to get his girlfriend to like cilantro. He lives in Louisville with his girlfriend, their dog, a small orchard, and a couple of bee hives. james (at) cfaky.org

 

Kristen Coomer: Farmers Market Support Program Regional Technical Assistant (Southwest KY)

Kristen Coomer lives in Bowling Green, KY and recently graduated from WKU with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies with a focus on Sustainability.  She discovered Community Farm Alliance through volunteer work with the Community Farmer’s Market, where she discovered a passion for food access, sustainable agricultural practices, and local food systems. Kristen aspires to use her skills to bring more attention to farmer’s markets and local food systems in general, which can benefit the health, economy, and fellowship of any community!  kristen (at) cfaky.org

 

 

 

Sister Kathy Curtis:  EKY Food System Collaborative Coordinator

Sister Kathy Curtis is a member of the Dwelling Place Monastery, an ecumenical women’s monastic community in Martin, Kentucky. She is from the west coast of Florida where her two sons and five grandchildren still live and where she spent thirty years in the distribution sector of the food value chain working in family-owned restaurants. Coming to eastern Kentucky in 2005 for a two-year volunteer opportunity, she fell in love with the region and its people and never  left. She has been a project manager for the Grow Appalachia program at St. Vincent Mission, started the Friends of the Floyd County Farmers’ Market group, and was an incorporating director of Appalachian Roots Inc. Sister Kathy got her start with CFA as one of the original Communication Fellows working on Breaking Beans: The Appalachian Food Story Project. She currently hosts the hour long Breaking Beans Radio Show on WMMT, 88.7 in eastern Kentucky.
kathy (at) cfaky.org

 

Carolyn Davis: Northfork Local Foods Coordinator

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Sam Hamlin: Grassroots Communication Fellow

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.  sam (at) cfaky.org

 

 

Valerie Horn: Letcher County Project Director, Appal-TREE

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Valerie Horn serves as Appal-TREE Project Director in Letcher County. Appal-TREE (Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment) is a joint community-university research and demonstration project to increase access to healthy foods in Eastern Kentucky. Valerie recently retired from the Letcher County School system and coordinates the Grow Appalachia program at the Cowan Community Center. She serves as Co-chair of the Letcher County Farmer’s Market and volunteers at the local Food Pantry. Valerie earned degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University and most recently attended Spalding University. Valerie has a strong connection to community and believes together we have the opportunity and responsibility to make a better life for all. valerie (at) cfaky.org

 

 

Jann Knappage: Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator

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Jann has always had a lifelong love of food. This native Clevelander honed her interests through her dietetics degree from the University of Dayton. From there she began to further narrow her passion to not only nutrition, but where these nutritious foods come from and how they grow. She was able to do this while working at The David School, developing their interdisciplinary garden initiative and running their Grow Appalachia program. She has also been selling at the Floyd County Farmer’s Market the last 2 summers. When Jann isn’t working, she loves to hike with her dog, run & bike ride, and read good books. jann (@) cfaky.org

 

 

 

Sean Reynolds: Farmers Market Support Program Regional Technical Assistant (Northwest KY)

Sean worked for himself in retail grocery for 4 years buying directly from farmers and producers. He also farmed vegetables and sold through farmers’ markets and a CSA program. He has been an avid gardener, cook, and outdoorsman from a young age. He was first taught how to grow food by his mother at four-years-old and assisted in cooking family meals a few years later. Before turning to a life of agriculture, Sean received his B.F.A. from Alfred University in glass and metal sculpture.  sean (at) cfaky.org

 

 

 

 

Martin Richards: Executive Director

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A graduate of UK’s College of Architecture, Martin has farmed his family’s land in Woodford County, been a partner in Prajna Design/Construction, and most recently was the economic development organizer for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, working on energy and sustainability issues. Martin has been an active member of CFA since he joined in 1995, serving as the CFA President in 1998. He was the first CFA Fellow during the passage of HB 611 that created the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. Martin became the executive director of CFA in November of 2010.  martin (at) cfaky.org

 

 

 

Maggie Smith: Development and Communications Associate

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Maggie, native to Eastern Kentucky comes from a long line of farmers, gardeners, and cooks. They passed down their love for the land, their passion for people, and their way of connecting the two through food to her. Due to the way she was raised, she always knew she have wanted to pursue a career that preserves and educates Kentuckians about local farms and food. She is a graduate of Berea College with a B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resources and a minor in Appalachian Studies. She was an active member of the campus community with her energetic leadership in several student organizations. Currently, she lives in Berea where in her free time she enjoys writing, traveling, and cooking. maggie (@) cfaky.org

 

 

 

Margie Stelzer: Farmers Market Support Program Regional Technical Assistant (Central KY)

Margie has been the manager for the Berea Farmers Market (BFM) since 2013. A native of St. Louis, MO and graduate of St. Louis University, she has spent many years in health related fields in Missouri, California and Kentucky. She sees her role with farmers markets as another phase of that health work. Margie firmly believes that creating safety nets for the most marginalized citizens has positive repercussions for the entire community and is excited to be a part of the program that will create greater access of farmers market food to more Kentucky residents.  Along with her husband and two children, she resides in a small intentional community  outside of Richmond KY dedicated to environmental sustainability, hospitality, and peace action. margie (at) cfaky.org

 

Becca Warta: Kentucky Double Dollars Program and Marketing Coordinator

Becca started her work in food systems at Harvesters the Community Food Network in her home state of Kansas. After moving to Kentucky in 2013, she continued discovering her passion for local food assistance and nutrition education. Becca has worked as the Bluegrass Double Dollars Program Coordinator and assisted with the creation of the new Kentucky Double Dollars program. She received her Masters in Community and Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky in 2017. She currently lives in Lexington with her husband, Shane, and their dog, Buckley.  becca (at) cfaky.org

 

 

Victoria Wheeler: Administration and Resource Manager

Victoria studied agriculture and literature at Berea College. She has worked as the assistant supervisor of a small grocery store, the interim manager of an urban farm startup, and in a variety of customer service positions. She has lived in Madison County since 2011 with her husband and their plethora of pets. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys writing, cooking, gardening, and hiking. victoria (at) cfaky.org