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Mary Berry is the Executive Director of the Berry Center and a leader in the movement for sustainable agriculture. The Berry Center focuses on issues confronting small farming families in Kentucky and around the country, encouraging and conducting study into where we have been, where we are, and where we are going in the rural landscapes.
The Berry Center is beginning the work of studying “The Fifty Year Farm Plan” to see how it can work in Kentucky. The plan has been proposed by The Land Institute in Kansas and was written by Wes Jackson, Fred Kirschenmann and Wendell Berry. The plan’s emphasis is on perennial agriculture and involves The Land Institute’s work on perennial grain crops. In Kentucky, where so much of our land should never be plowed, our focus needs to be on permanent pasture, forests, and perennial crops, with the best and least vulnerable of our land reserved for annual crops.