2021 Board Nominees

To vote in the 2021 Board Election you must be a current CFA member. To renew your membership today please visit cfaky.org/donate. To check your membership status please email info@cfaky.org.

Vote here: CFA 2021 BOARD BALLOT. The voting period closes on Sunday, December 20th at 11:59pm EST.

To view our current Board of Directors, please click here.

Maggie Bowling | Oneida, Clay County

Maggie is currently serving on CFA’s board and up for reelection. “I farm with my husband and in-laws at Old Homeplace Farm in Clay County, KY. Previous to becoming a full-time farmer in 2014, I worked at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County coordinating the Grow Appalachia program for four seasons. I was raised on a certified organic vegetable farm in Ohio and became involved with CFA shortly after moving to Harlan County, KY in 2010”.

Lee Meyer | Lexington, Fayette County

Lee is currently serving on CFA’s board and up for reelection. Lee is a professor in sustainable agriculture and agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky, with a Ph.D. from Purdue. His professional work has been targeted toward farmer-focused marketing, including beginning farmer training, direct marketing of meat products, farm transitions, and organic corn. Lee taught Global Food Issues until 2015, guest lecture on world food issues (“how can the world feed itself sustainably”) and the role of livestock systems in sustainability. Lee has worked on long term projects in Thailand and Poland and shorter projects in several other countries.
Lee chairs UK’s undergrad Sustainable Ag major. At the University level, he chairs the Faculty Sustainability Committee and is a former co-chair of the UK President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. Lee serves as a Southern SARE liaison to the Land Grant Universities, a role he continues to fill.
Lee is married and has three adult children and five grandchildren – all living in Kentucky. From a community perspective, Lee has chaired the Lexington Parks Board, is on the boards of Seedleaf (community gardening) and WildOnes (native plans). Gardening, running, playing with grandkids, biking, cooking and eating good food with friends are some of the ways Lee has fun.

Jenny Williams | Hazard, Perry County

Jenny is currently serving on CFA’s board and up for reelection. Jenny Williams has been teaching writing and reading at Hazard Community and Technical College since 1992. She is the Chair of Pathfinders of Perry County, a non-profit citizen action group that promotes community well-being, engagement, outdoor recreation, and education. The youngest of six siblings, all of whom still live in Hazard, Jenny grew up in Hazard and is deeply rooted in the community. She is a member of InVision Hazard, a downtown revitalization group, and is passionate about food—eating it, cooking it, sharing it, and trying to change policies and behaviors so that everybody, regardless of income, age, or geography, has access to fresh, healthy, local food and knows what to do with it.

Ryan Burnette | Pleasureville, Henry County

After coming back to the family farm he transitioned it to growing mixed produce, pasture raised poultry, eggs, and Berkshire pigs.  He is the president of the Lexington Farmers Market as well as serving on several Kentucky Farm Bureau state wide committees.  Ryan is also the director of the plant division at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and oversees many programs that directly affect farmers in Ky such as the Organic Certification program as well as Produce Safety.  He is a graduate of Georgetown College and The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. 

Kurt Mason | Lousiville, Jefferson County

Kurt is recently retired from serving as the Urban Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He currently serves on the Kentucky Black Farmer Fund Review Committee. To view Kurt’s resume please click here.

Valerie Horn | Whitesburg, Letcher County

Valerie Horn is a community leader who works with the Cowan Community Action Group, Whitesburg Farmers Market, and Community Agricultural Nutritional Enterprises Inc. (CANE Kitchen) to grow a healthier community. Valerie believes ailing communities have the power to heal from within.  As a former CFA employee and  Chair of the City of Whitesburg Farmers Market, she has developed partnerships that have resulted in a Farmers Market with nationally recognized incentive programs including a fruit/vegetable prescription program, a USDA SFSP, and a University of Kentucky research project. Valerie is Chair of CANE Kitchen, a commercial kitchen with an event space that provides space for local producers and events.  Valerie is the Director of Cowan Community Action Group, Inc. and oversees programming including a Grow Appalachia Site,  Levitt Amp Music Series, and nationally recognized Mountain Music School.   Valerie has served as a Director for a National Institute of Health community-based participatory research project while working at CFA and served as co-facilitator on a UK research project to promote fitness and nutrition thru the Farmers Market and CANE Kitchen. Valerie was recognized a Healthy Communities Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  Valerie is a retired school counselor and now does community development and is a partner in Appalachian Groundswell. To view Valerie’s resume click here.

John Johnson | Mt. Washington, Bullitt County

I was raised on a small farm in Jefferson County, raising beef cattle, sheep, and a garden, marketing our beef and produce locally. I  was active in 4-H livestock and leadership development. I attended the University of Kentucky, majoring in Agriculture Economics, was involved with the Block and Bridle Club, livestock judging, and worked on cattle farms in the region.
I served across our Commonwealth of Kentucky with USDA for 38 years, specializing in rural lending; Rural Development, Farm Service Agency, FmHA, and the Cooperative Extension Service. I am passionate about rural areas and feel I understand the importance of rural infrastructure to agriculture along with networks that promote connections and entrepreneurship. It amazes me what is achieved when individuals and groups work with each other.
I presently manage the family beef cattle farms and interests in Bath and Montgomery Counties. Our family sources local meat and produce to supplement our small garden. 
Mary and I, and our two teenage children live in Mt Washington. I am President of the Louisville Agricultural Club, a Kentuckiana regional group. I enjoy 4wheeling on the farms and spending time with my family.

André Barbour | Canmer, Hart County

André Barbour is a longtime CFA member and fourth-generation farmer running Barbour’s Farm LLC on 150 acres in Canmer, KY. His family-owned and -operated farm has been in business for over 70+ years. He raises beef, dairy, hog, chicken, and vegetables, and works hard to get more fresh healthy food to his community.

2021 Board Ballot

You will need your member ID to vote. If you are unsure about your member ID or do not have your CFA membership card, please look for an email this coming week with this information.

Vote here: CFA 2021 BOARD BALLOT