Sustainable Ag Speakers


Laurie White left her home state of West Virginia to attend Berea College, where she majored in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Before joining the staff of Community Farm Alliance in November 2018, Laurie did a little bit of everything at Lazy Eight Stock Farm, including 4 years of selling their organic fruits and vegetables 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.

Click here for Laurie’s presentation from the Sustainability Summit.


Katelyn Hawkins grew up in Bullitt County Kentucky where her family raises mules, instilling a passion for agriculture at a young age. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky in December 2012, Katelyn began her master’s course work and research analyzing the effects of cattle temperament on carcass characteristics. In 2015, Katelyn joined the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association staff utilizing her background in meat science to execute programs for food industry professionals and consumers to see the value of incorporating beef at the center of their plate. In 2017 Katelyn became the Supply Chain Coordinator for Beef Solutions, LLC., overseeing all supply chain communication and execution for the production of Kentucky Cattlemen’s Ground Beef from purchase order to delivery. In her spare time Katelyn enjoys sharing her love of cooking with others to make everyone more confident in the kitchen.

Click here for Katelyn’s presentation for the Sustainability Summit.


Ashley C. Smith is native and lifelong resident of Lexington, Kentucky. Smith spent over 20 years working for such brands as Fayette Alliance, The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, NetGain Technologies and CHI Saint Joseph Health. She is a co-founder of Black Soil: Our Better Nature, an agritourism company missioned to reconnect black Kentuckians to their heritage and legacy in agriculture. She and Trevor Claiborn are the proud parents of Caroline Faye and Trevor Moran Claiborn, Jr. 


Ashton Potter Wright, a Lexington native, holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Prior to her current role managing the Bluegrass Farm to Table program for the City of Lexington, Ashton worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, first on foodborne disease detection and response and later on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Childcare! Campaign. As Lexington’s first Director of Local Food & Agriculture, Ashton works to add to farm income for Kentucky farmers and to increase access to healthy, local food in the Bluegrass Region. Ashton also leads Mayor Linda Gorton’s high tech agriculture initiative.

Click here for Ashton’s presentation for the Sustainability Summit.