Breaking Beans Radio Show #27: Eastern Kentucky Technical Support Professionals

Aired: April 4, 2018

In this episode of Breaking Beans, Sister Kathy travels to speak with three men who are working to help eastern Kentucky farmers and growers do their work better.

First she goes to Berea Kentucky to talk to Chris McKenzie of Grow Appalachia. They discuss the newest Grow Appalachia program, D.I.G.S. Then she visits the Robinson Center in Jackson to talk to Kevin Gurtowski, Agriculture Extension agent with Kentucky State University, to hear about KSU’s Small Farm grant among other things. Lastly, she wraps up the show in Letcher County at Tylers’ Plant Place talking to David Tyler about going from coal trucks to greenhouses and the Turkey Creek Tomato. It’s a great look into the behind the scenes action in Eastern Kentucky farming. 




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The Breaking Beans Variety Radio Show airs on 88.7 WMMT (online too!) the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm featuring stories, interviews, recipes, and news from the food and farming worlds in the Appalachian region!

Hosted by Breaking Beans Fellow Sister Kathy Curtis.




Breaking Beans: The Appalachian Food Story Project is an initiative of Community Farm Alliance to tell the story of how local food and farming in Eastern Kentucky can contribute to a bright future in the mountains. Eastern Kentucky is at the point where it can foster a food system that is equitable and accessible to all, provides fresh nutritious food, and serves as an economic generator that builds community wealth. With a rich history of food and farming, stories of how Eastern Kentucky is already growing in that direction – and the challenges along the way – are important for informing people and policy alike.