Jump to Main Content

Land, Food & Culture: Creating Sustainability Where You Live

March 13-14, 2007
University of Kentucky
Colleges of Agriculture and Fine Arts

Tuesday, March 13

Worsham Theater
UK Student Center

1:00 PM

Opening and Welcome
Scott Smith New Window, Dean, UK College of Agriculture


Brown-Forman Keynote Speaker
Convener: Bonnie Tanner
Introduction: Lois Mateus, Vice President Brown-Forman
Video Marion Nestle: What to Eat: Personal Responsibility versus Social Responsibility


Panel Session
Chefs and Farmers : Overcoming The Challenges of the Farm to Table Connection

Convener: Bob Perry
Moderator: Christopher Hirsheimer Video
Participants: (open discussion)

  • Ouita Michel (Holly Hill)
  • Kathy Cary (Lilly’s)
  • Jim Gerhardt (Limestone)
  • Lee Ann Jones (Happy Jack Farm)
  • John Foster (Sullivan University)
  • Jon Brumley (Shelbyville farmer)
  • Phil Heiskell (Green River Cattle Company)
Rm 230
UK Student Center
Break, Exhibits and Book Sales
Worsham Theater
UK Student Center

Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable
"This panel of seasoned entrepreneurs will give their insights into their personal stories; share warnings about roadblocks they've had to overcome to achieve success; and, give their suggestions for the changes needed for support institutions to be relevant in launching other entrepreneurial ventures."
Convener: Scott Smith New Window
Moderator: Lee Meyer

  • Jon Carloftis, Rockcastle River Trading Company
  • Keith Kehlbeck, Select Registry
  • Rick Raque, Allied Food Marketers
  • Warren Weber & representatives of Marin Organic

Art Exhibit Opening
Introduction: Jon Carloftis
Bob Shay, Dean UK College Fine Arts

Singletary Center for the Arts

Grand Reception: Kentucky’s Best – Our Chefs, Our Food
Conveners: Sue Weant, Pam Poe, Bonnie Tanner
Brown-Forman Sponsor

Center for the Arts

Readings on Land, Food and Culture
Convener: Bonnie Tanner
Introductions: Layla Musselman

Music by the Red State Ramblers

Special Presentation

Wednesday, March 14
Worsham Theater
UK Student Center

8:30 AM

Panel Session
Building a Local Economy
Convener and Moderator: Sylvia Lovely

“Competitive advantage will increasingly lie in local things – knowledge, relationships and motivation – that distant rivals cannot replicate…” With that statement Harvard professor Michael Porter confirms what many of us already knew – the future belongs to local places and people. Nowhere is that future more filled with promise than in Kentucky with its blend of historic cities and beautiful countryside. Come explore with our expert panelists the opportunities and methods for taking advantage of Kentucky’s gifts to build great local economies under the new rules of the 21st century.”


Rm 230
UK Student Center
Break, Exhibits and Book Sales
10:00 Panel Session
Worsham Theater

Video Communication and Sustainability: The Media’s Role in Defining Key Issues and Informing the Public
Conveners: Al Cross and Haven Miller
Moderator: Bill Goodman, KET

  • Al Cross, UK Institute for Rural Journalism
  • Paul Wesslund, Kentucky Living Magazine
  • Christopher Hirsheimer, author and photographer
  • Susie Quick, Honest Farm, author
  • Sarah Fritschner, Courier-Journal Food Editor
11:30 Frank Stitt, chef and author:
Restaurants and their menus: How both can encourage local, sustainable and humane farming
12:30 PM
Grand Ballroom
Student Center
Kentucky Proud/Slow Food Lunch
Convener: Bob Perry
Welcome and remembrance: Sue Weant, Partners for Family Farms
Introduction: Chef Mark Williams
Video Erika Lesser, Exec. Director of Slow Foods USA
Worsham Theater
Speaker Session
Local to Global: the Campus to Kentucky and Beyond
Conveners: Mark Williams and Mike Mullen
Presentations by:
1:45 Mark Williams, UK Dept. of Horticulture
2:10 Tim Woods, UK Cooperative Extension, Dept. of
Ag. Economics
2:35 Video Mike Judge, Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Rm 230
UK Student Center

Break, Exhibits and Book Sales

3:20 Video Robert Egger, DC Central Kitchen
3:45 Sergio Palleroni, Center for Sustainable Development
4:30 Conclusion
Closing comments by Video Wendell Berry and others