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Land, Food & Culture: Creating Sustainability Where You Live

Growing Kentucky II: March 13-14, 2007
Speakers Biographies || Speakers List (in PDF format)

Steve Applegate
Workshop and Panel Applegate Farms
Organic Meat Processing
% Christopher Hirsheimer
101 Geigel Hill Road
Erwinna, Pa 18920

Steve Austin Steve Austin, Building a Local Economy
Steve Austin is President and C.E.O. of Bluegrass Tomorrow, “the most important and influential regional planning organization in Kentucky.”

Steve is an attorney and landscape architect who has worked as an economic developer and town and regional planner for over 19 years. 

Steve is the former Director of Planning for the Georgetown-Scott County Kentucky Planning Commission, whose tenure included the arrival of Toyota’s largest North American production facility. 

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Berry Wendell Video Wendell Berry Conference Co-Chair and Moderator
Kentucky farmer and award winning writer
Lanes Landing Farm
PO Box 1
Port Royal, KY 40058



Marion Blanchard (Panel – Food & Community Programs)
Executive Director
Gods Pantry Food Bank, Inc & national board member 2nd Harvest
1685 Jaggie Fox Way
Lexington, KY 40511-1084
(V) 859-255-6592

Jon CarloftisJon Carloftis Conference  Co-Chair
Garden Designer, author and Garden Editor for HG TV
P.O.Box 57
Erwinna, PA 18920
(V) 610-294-8057
(F) 610-294-0190

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Lindy Casebier (Workshop – government)
Executive Director of Arts and Humanities
Commerce Cabinet
Frankfort, KY

Chuck Conner (Speaker)
Deputy Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture
Rm. 200-A Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-2201

Rober Egger Video Robert Egger  (Speaker – Food & Community)
Executive Director
DC Central Kitchen
425 2nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-234-0707 ext 101

More Information about Robert Egger

Allyson Handley, Ph.D.(Speaker Panel Higher Education)
Governor’s Senior Policy Advisor for Post Secondary Economic Iniatiatives
Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr. Suite 320
Frankfort, KY 40601
(V) 502-573-1555, ext 298
(F)  502-573-0222
(M) 502-229-3094

Video Christopher Hirsheimer (Speaker Food)
Co founder Saveur magazine and past executive editor, photographer of many cookbooks
101 Geigel Hill Road
Erwinna, PA 18920

Video Mike Judge, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Keith Kehlbeck (Panel Economic Development/Tourism)
Executive Director, Select Registry
Distinguished Inn of North America
501 East Michigan Avenue
PO Box 150
Marshall, MI 49068
(V) 269-789-0393
(F) 269-789-0970

Hilda Gay LeggHilda Gay Legg (Speaker panel – community broadband)
Legg Strategies
210 N. Brookhaven
Somerset, KY 42501
(V) 606-679-0049


Erika Lesser Video Erika Lesser (Speaker)
Executive Director
Slow Food USA
20 Jay Street
Suite 313
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(V) 718-260-8000
(F) 718-260-8068
Jerusha Klemperer
Assistant to Executive Director

More Information about Erika Lesser

Sylvia L. LovelySylvia L. Lovely (Panel – Gov & Communities)
Executive Director and CEO Kentucky League of Cities
100 East Vine Street, Suite 800
Lexington, KY 40507
(V) 859-977-3744
(F) 859-977-3703


Stephen MacDonald
Applewood Meat Processors (Panel & maybe workshop)
Organic Meat Processing Plant (needs product) Christopher Hirsheimer’s client
New Jersery, NJ

Bobbie Ann MasonVideo Bobbie Ann Mason is a native of Graves County, Kentucky
In her memoir, CLEAR SPRINGS, she covers more than three generations in the life of a farm family; all three generations face momentous change in the wake of World War II. The story unfolds toward the present as each generation confronts the modern world.

She is primarily a fiction writer.
Bobbie Ann Mason is writer-in-residence at University of Kentucky.

Novels: IN COUNTRY 1985 (made into a film in 1989, about a teenager whose father died in Vietnam)
FEATHER CROWNS 1993 (a rural farm family in 1900)
AN ATOMIC ROMANCE (radioactive contamination; a love story), 2005

Short story collections:

Lois MateusLois Mateus  Conference Sponsor & Committee
Senior VP
850 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40210


Layla Musselman Layla Musselman 
344 S. Peterson Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
502-802-5686 cell

Layla George Musselman was born and raised in Kentucky. After graduating from Willamette University in Oregon with a B.A. in English and working in Nashville, she returned to Louisville with her husband, Austin. They have three young children and spend most weekends on a family farm in Oldham County where they raise shorthorn cattle. She has served on the board of River Fields, the Louisville Ballet and the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project on whose behalf she has spent many days lobbying in Frankfort. She now devotes most of her time to raising her children and for them, she is passionately devoted to supporting our local farmers who are able to provide her family with the freshest and healthiest food.

Marion Nestle Video Marion Nestle, Ph.D. ( Keynote)
Professor Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health
And Author including: Food Politics, & What to Eat
New York Universisty
35 west 4th Street, 12th Floor
NY, NY 10012-1172
(V) 212-998-5595
(F) 212-995-4192
Secretary 212-998-5580

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Tom PratherTom Prather, Building a Local Economy
TomPrather serves as Executive Vice-President of the NewCities Institute and is also enjoying his third term as a magistrate on the Scott County Fiscal Court.  He holds a life-long appreciation and respect for responsible public policy and community development.

Prior to joining the NewCities Institute, Prather was President of Central Bank, FSB Georgetown and still serves as Chairman of the Board for the bank.  Previously, he was Vice-President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, working with Kentucky’s 19 independent colleges. 

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Nancy NewsomeNancy Newsome (Panel – developing a market)
Col. Newsome’s Country Hams
208 East Main Street
Princeton, KY 42445


Carlo PetriniCarlo Petrini (Keynote) (invited)
International President and Founder
Slow Food International
Via Mendicita Istruita 14
12042 Bra (CN) Italy


More Information about Carlo Petrini

bruce and Shelly RichardsonBruce and Shelly Richardson (speaker workshop)
Business owner, author and mayor or Perryville
Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
205 E. 4th Street
Perryville, KY 40468
(V) 859-332-2400
(F) 859-332-7940


Frank SittsFrank Stitt, (Keynote Food-Track)
Chef and author “The Southern Table”
Highlands Bar and Grill
2011 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Ala. 35205
Contact: Jessica Hallman
Public Relations

More Information about Frank Stitt III

Evening Special Events

Tuesday, March 13th

National pottery exhibit, From the Earth and Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939-43 UK Art Museum, Singletary Center for the Arts New Window

A Grand Reception:  Kentucky’s Best – Our Chefs, Our Food
Singletary Center for the Arts Lobby and President’s Room

Readings by Wendell Berry and Bobbie Ann Mason
Music by the Red State Ramblers
Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall

Executive Committee

  • Scott Smith, Dean of College of Agriculture
  • Robert Shay, Dean of College of Fine Arts
  • Wendell Berry, author
  • Lois Mateus, Senior VP Brown-Forman
  • Jon Carloftis Garden Designer

Working Committee

  • Nancy Cox, Associate Dean for Research College of Agriculture
  • Mike Mullen, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Agriculture
  • Kathy Walsh-Piper, Director UK Art Museum
  • Bob Perry. Coordinator, Food Systems Initiative
  • Mark Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture
  • Bonnie Tanner, Coordinator of Special projects, Extension
  • Haven Miller, Director, Agricultural Communications Services
  • Pam Poe, Special Projects and Events Coordinator, College of Agriculture
  • Sue Weant, Executive Director Partners of Family Farms
  • Ann Vail, Director School of HES, Assistant Director for FCS Extension

Red State Ramblers

Music that is bound to the earth has the greatest power to affect us. That music which maintains the sacred bond uniting people and place has a vitality and passion that stirs our souls and imaginations. The music of the Red State Ramblers features native and adopted Kentuckians playing Kentucky tunes and songs that resonate with the truth of life lived close to the font from which this music springs. Will and Jeff grew up in the Bluegrass State, while Nikos and Kevin were inevitably drawn to the Commonwealth several years ago.

Kevin Kehrberg (Bass)
Nikos Pappas (Fiddle)
Jeff Keith (Guitar, Mandolin)
Will Bacon (Banjo)

http://www.redstateramblers.com/ New Window