Sarah grew up in the suburbs of Lexington though she has always pined for a more rural life. She first became interested in farming through her work researching insects. After a few formative years working on small farms abroad, she knew her path would eventually lead her back to rural Kentucky. She fell in love with the hills of Appalachia and now operates a medicinal herb farm with her partner in Beattyville. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a M.S. in Agroecology from the University of Michigan. She is passionate about supporting the growth of sustainable farming and food systems in Appalachia and is so happy to be working with CFA in their efforts to support farmers across the state.
Nick comes to CFA from Arkansas where he was a community organizer in rural areas and worked on a variety of public policy issues such as education, environment, economic justice, civil rights, election reform, and rural development. In his hometown of Rose Bud, he was elected to the city council at 22 years old and served one term from 2017-2018. Nick also holds a Master of Public Administration from Arkansas State University and B.S. in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas. Outside of work, Nick loves to take road trips, hike, camp, watch sports, eat great food, and hang out with his dog George.
Jennifer grew up on a small farm where her family raised hogs and corn. In college, she was drawn to social work where she has spent much of her career working on food security and housing issues. She has been involved with the Perry County Farmers Market for several years in various capacities including as a volunteer, vendor, and board member. With CFA, she is putting her experience with program development and operations and her passion for food and equitable access to resources to use in growing the local food system. She has a particular interest in ensuring all community members have access to fresh, local food and all farmers can make a living growing our food. Jennifer lives near Hazard where she enjoys baking, sharing food with others, watching the seasons change on her mountain, and hiking.
Margie was the manager of the Berea Farmers Market (BFM) from 2013-2017. 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. She is excited to be a part of the program that will create greater access of farmers market food to more Kentucky residents.
Laurie White left her home state of West Virginia to attend Berea College, where she majored in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Before joining the CFA staff in November, Laurie did a little bit of everything at Lazy Eight Stock Farm, including 4 years of selling for them at the Berea Farmers Market. She is excited about bringing local foods to the forefront of economic development in central Kentucky. Laurie is passionate about farms and good homegrown food. When not farming and working on farm promotion, Laurie is involved in the local folk music and dance community. She lives in Berea with her husband and three kids, who all eat very well.
Kristen lives in Franklin, KY and graduated from WKU in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Climate Change with a focus on Sustainability. She discovered Community Farm Alliance through volunteer work with the Community Farmers’ Market and has now been with the organization for over three years, most recently moving into the position of Co-Manager of the Farmers Market Support Program. Kristen aspires to use her skills to bring more attention to farmers’ markets and local food systems. She believes each can benefit the health, economy, and fellowship of any community!
Brittany grew up in Berea, KY and attended Berea College, where she studied religion and sustainability. Her commitments to food access and supporting farmers brought her to CFA after two years with the Lexington Farmers Market and a number of years teaching and working with other nonprofits. She currently lives in Lexington, KY and spends her free time dancing, cooking, hiking, and growing as many plants as possible on the windowsills of her apartment.
Tiffany was raised in Waco outside of Richmond, Kentucky where her family raised tobacco and instilled a passion for horticulture. She is a graduate of the National College, obtaining an Associate in Science. Her degree led her to work at a local hospital. During her time there, she decided that the best way she could help her community was to become a local food advocate. She started her advocacy journey by volunteering in local community gardens. Later, Tiffany became part-owner of her childhood family estate and decided to turn it into a space for kids and adults to come and reconnect to the land. She began Ballew Estates, LLC in 2016. Additionally, Tiffany is a dedicated pollinator conservationist, Mother of one daughter, Makayla, homeschool teacher, and community organizer.
Shelby grew up all over the country, but her real raising happened in Anderson County, Tennessee playing in the orchard and cooking in the kitchen with her grandparents. After years of working in restaurant kitchens, she received her BS in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Berea College in 2016. She has worked as everything, from a baker to a teacher and has been involved in the Lexington food scene in one way or another since then. When she’s not collecting stories for Breaking Beans or working her day job, Shelby can be found in her front yard garden, playing in the woods with her pup Roo, or making weird art.
A graduate of UK’s College of Architecture, Martin has farmed his family’s land in Woodford County, been a partner in Pranja 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 board 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.
Lindsey first learned about CFA during her time as a vendor at the Berea Farmers Market. Her love for food and farming systems of Kentucky and the culture that surrounds them is what brought her to the farmers market; that paired with her love and reverence for community organizing and its potential to create change is what brought her to CFA. She is excited to use her experience and knowledge of both to further CFAs work.
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 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 with a minor in Appalachian Studies. She is a writer for the Richmond Register, publishing Homegrown Recipes related to cooking with local food and telling stories of her raisings. Currently, she lives in Berea where in her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her dog Chip.
Camille holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Berea College. She and her partner reside in Berea with their two dogs and flock of layers. Having worked virtually on all sides of the food system, she has a deep understanding and appreciation for the mission of Community Farm Alliance. Camille owns and operates a small wholesale coffee roasting business, and currently serves on the Berea Farmers Market board. When she is not roasting coffee, she can probably be found wandering the foothills of Berea.
Kelsey lives in Louisville and is dedicated to working toward sustainable, equitable, and liberatory communities. Kelsey has worked on several organic vegetable farms and holds a B.S. in Geography and minor in Social Change. She brings her years of community organizing experience to CFA and is excited about building people power to catalyze change in Kentucky agriculture. In her free time, Kelsey likes to ride her bike, make music, cook, and dance with friends.