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Andre’ Barbour is a fifth generation famer, having farmed all his life on his family farm of 150 acres. The family farm has a past of tobacco production but currently has a small dairy, beef, hogs, pastured poultry, and a mixed variety of produce. They raised most of their crops for their livestock on their personal farm with the additional 100 plus acres leased within the community. The family consists of father Douglass Barbour, mother Maggie Barbour, oldest brother Sammy Barbour (who retired from the Army) and Andre’ himself, who runs and operates the family farm.
Andre’ attended Western Kentucky University for a few years before coming back to the family farm once all his siblings left home in 2003; he has been on the farm full-time since then. His parents where share croppers before the farm was bought in the early 1900’s. Growing up tobacco, dairy, 5 acres of cucumbers, and 2 acres of bell peppers and pimento peppers was the mains cash income for 30 plus years.
In 2004 Andre’ started growing a mixed crop of vegetables, the value-added products of the pork, beef, chicken, and some micro-processing was the sole entity on the farm. Presently today, they are still growing produce and meats in addition to a small greenhouse and 4 high tunnels. They sell from the farm and do a weekly vegetable box home delivery type of CSA deal.
Angela “Angie” Hatton grew up in Letcher County, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in journalism in 1994, and worked as a newspaper reporter in Lexington and Frankfort. She then enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law where she graduated with a juris doctorate and has now been practicing law for 23 years. She has served Pike and Letcher Counties for three terms as 94th District Kentucky State Representative. She was elected House Minority Whip in 2019. . Prior to being elected State Representative, Angie was the Assistant County Attorney for Letcher County. She serves as attorney and board member for numerous volunteer organizations and was a Breaking Beans Fellow for CFA. She is a mother to Sam and Ellie, wife to David, and a proud Appalachian American.
Kurt retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service serving as the Urban Conservationist for the State of Kentucky and a former District Conservationist with career work that served in the Eastern Kentucky Coalfield and Outer Bluegrass physiographic regions. With 40 years of providing natural resource management assistance in the Louisville area, Kurt maintained a focus on watershed management issues affecting all land users and connecting people and communities with opportunities to address natural resource issues on agricultural, suburban and urban landscapes.
Kurt continues to provide leadership to land based organizations including chairing the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust Oversight Board and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Board of Trustees. He also serves as vice-chair of the Food Literacy Project Board and New Directions Housing Corporation Board.
Kurt is a Georgetown, Kentucky native and is owner of a small family farm. He holds an undergraduate degree in agriculture from Morehead State University and graduate degrees from the University of Louisville in Urban Planning and Design and Public Administration. He is a Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control Specialist and continues to work as an agricultural land use consultant.
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 as 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.
After coming back to the family farm Ryan 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 statewide 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.