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Each year, the Southern Foodways Alliance celebrates men and women whose lifework enriches Southern food culture. Seven SFA awards and honors recognize these cultural standard bearers.

2020 Smith Fellows: Ashley Smith and Trevor Claiborn

Ashley C. Smith is the co-founder of Black Soil: Our Better Nature, a combination of farm tours, farm-to-table dinners, and workshops with the mission to reconnect black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture.  She currently serves as Director of Education and Governmental Affairs at Fayette Alliance and is on the committee for the Rural Urban Exchange. Trevor Claiborn is an author, producer, songwriter, environmental educator, extension professional, agriculturalist, youth program director, and public speaker. He is a co-founder of Black Soil, with his wife Ashley, and is committed to creating engagement strategies to interest youth in occupations and careers in agriculture. He is fondly known in his community as Farmer Brown tha MC. They live and work in Lexington, Kentucky.



The Southern Foodways Alliance drives a more progressive future by leading conversations that challenge existing constructs, shape perspectives, and foster meaningful discussions. We reconsider the past with research, scrutiny, and documentation.


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