Motivated, Appalachian entrepreneur with specializations in agribusiness. Kentucky Proud environmental sustainability experience in farming and marketing practices that are good for the earth and good for the market. Experience with needs assessment, resource management, innovation and optimizing opportunities. A strong communicator who brings the ability to work with diverse constituents and is at the cutting-edge of sustainability strategies and technologies.
Spearheaded the development of an award-winning sustainable agribusiness start up.
Acquired grand and loan resources for capital investment in the innovative agribusiness through the Governor's Office Of Agricultural Policy.
Led a local farm in transitioning to no-till gardening processes.
Directed a team of productive, environmentally responsible gardeners in the establishment and management of a Kentucky Proud local farmers' market booth.
Researched and identified a compatible, renewable, alternative energy source and system for Pumpkin Vine Creek, LLC.
Planned and organized the Walking in Faith Fall Festival and 5K at Wilmore, Kentucky. The event attracted more than 200 runners and around 1000 people, and raised $10,000 to assist with medical expenses for a local lady who had her hands and legs amputated. The event was also featured on several Lexington, KY, TV and print media outlets, and received the Betty Price Community Service Award from the City of Wilmore.
-Consulted with environmental agencies regarding compliance and sustainability initiatives.-Wrote 2 grants, securing $152,000 in funding for environmentally sustainable agribusiness projects.
-Established inventory management partnerships with farming coops. Collaborated with Planet Green to promote energy efficiency through the Kentucky, small family farm model.
-Led a comprehensive presentation for the Madison County Agricultural -Development Board on emerging, ground cover systems.
-Assessed profitability models of innovative farm products by collecting and analyzing sales record samples.
-Collaborated with senior leadership team to develop and promote new products to meet the emerging markets for soil enriching ground cover products.
-Researched new technologies and methods to provide energy efficiency and production models for the small family farm. -Promoted sustainable practices through Kentucky Proud and the Berea Farmers Market. -Instituted a collaborative resource (crop inventory, and process implement) sharing plan among agriculture coop members. -Led presentations to businesses, governmental and granting agencies, and farm communities on the advantages of soil enriching ground cover products.
-Promoted sustainable practices through Kentucky Proud and the Berea Farmers Market.
-Instituted a collaborative resource (crop inventory, and process implement) sharing plan among agriculture coop members.
-Led presentations to businesses, governmental and granting agencies, and farm communities on the advantages of soil enriching ground cover products.
Also completed the Asbury University Archways Leadership Development Program.
Won the Grand Prize for the 2014 Asbury Project for Socially Responsible Innovative Business Plan Development.
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