Mary Berry, Executive Director of The Berry Center in Henry County, Kentucky is speaking on June 3rd, at 7:30 PM at Saint James Place (352 Main St.) in Great Barrington. The Berry Center is putting Wendell Berry’s writings to work by advocating for farmers, land conserving communities, and healthy regional economies.
The talk is sponsored by the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and is intended to follow up on discussions begun at the Berkshire Community Land Trust’s Annual Membership Meeting in April. At that event Matthew Derr, President of Sterling College, and Sarah Waring, Executive Director of the Center for Agricultural Economy, described the revitalization of the Hardwick, Vermont economy brought about by the cooperation of farmers, citizens, educators, non-profit organizations, community banks, and government officials in building the local agricultural economy.
A Q&A session will follow the talk to offer the opportunity to continue the discussion of how together we can support a stronger local economy in the Berkshires around agriculture and encourage other locally manufactured products.
This event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged, and donations will be gratefully accepted.
Hawthorne Valley Association is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event along with:
Berkshire Agricultural Ventures
Berkshire Columbia Investment Network
Berkshire Community Land Trust
Berkshire Coop Market
Berkshire Waldorf High School
Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire
Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires
Egremont Agricultural Commission
Egremont Land Trust
Good Work Institute
Great Barrington Land Conservancy
About Mary Berry
Mary Berry is the Executive Director of The Berry Center and a leader in the movement for sustainable agriculture. A well-known advocate for the preservation of rural culture and agriculture, she is currently working to reconnect cities with landscapes around them. Founded in 2011, The Berry Center advocates for small farmers, land conservation, and healthy regional economies by focusing on land use, farm policy, farmer education, urban education about farming, and local food infrastructure. Its goal is to establish within the Commonwealth of Kentucky a national model of urban-rural connectedness.
Berry is attempting to restore a culture that has been lost in rural America. She continues the advocacy of her grandfather, father, and uncle for land-conserving communities. When President Obama appointed her to Kentucky’s Farm Service Agency State Board, she took on a public role in an effort to change policy.
For 32 years she farmed for a living— first as a dairy farmer, then raising tobacco, and later raising organic vegetables as well as pastured poultry and beef. From 2002 until 2011 she catered events at her winery.
She serves on the Board of United Citizens Bank in New Castle, Kentucky, and on the Board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She writes for the periodical Edible Louisville and speaks widely as a proponent of small farmers.