Celebrating Black Agriculture with "Black Soil"


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Mar 4, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: 3/4 - Celebrating Black Agriculture with "Black Soil"


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Join the Lexington Forum as we host Ashley Smith, Founder and COO of Black Soil, for a discussion on food, culture and history. Black Soil connects urban families with access to farms and local produce from the small and budding network of black farmers. It's sure to be a deliciously informational conversation!

Thank you to our February Sponsor - Stewart Perry with State Farm Insurance

Perry & Perry State Farm Insurance is proud to sponsor this meeting of the Lexington Forum.  Stewart Perry has been a member of the Lexington Forum almost since its beginning.  He knows the value of this group of community leaders and the value of a healthy discussion of issues that affect central KY.   Perry and Perry values its customers and provides a warm professional environment that offers smooth efficient seamless service for most any insurance needs.  We offer Auto, Home, Renters, and Commercial Insurance and in addition we are a leader is providing Life and Disability Insurance to the Central KY area. Call us today for a quote and give us a chance to earn your insurance business. 


Stewart Perry, LUTCF



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About Ashley Smith

A native of Lexington, KY, Ashley C. Smith graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is the Co-founder and COO of Black Soil: Our Better Nature, a statewide agritourism company with a mission of reconnecting Black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture. Smith has worked for such brands as KentuckyOne Health, Bluegrass Hospitality Group, Community Ventures, NetGain Technologies, Smiley Pete Publishing, The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center and Fayette Alliance.

Smith’s other professional involvement, leadership and accolades include: Ethical Redevelopment Salon member under the leadership of Theaster Gates, Secretary for Kentucky State University’s Extension and Research Advisory Council, and 2016 Scholarship Chair for the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, her leadership also includes serving on the Management Team for the crave food + music festival and Steering Committee member for the Kentucky Rural Urban Exchange. Her professional portfolio also includes voice over and Mistress of Ceremonies duties for City of Lexington 2017, 2018, and 2020 Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration, Stage Emcee for 2017 and 2018 crave lexington food + music festival. She earned an Emmy nomination for KET’s Kentucky Life episode, A Kentucky Christmas, voicing the work of Kentucky native, writer and poet, Effie Waller Smith.

Smith and Trevor Claiborn are the proud parents of Caroline and Trevor, Jr.


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