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.
Mary Berry graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1981.