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The Center for Crop Diversification is managed through a collaboration between the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky. We also partner with a wide variety of regional and national individuals and organizations.

 

Christy Cassady Extension Specialist, Horticulture

Christy writes, edits and designs Center publications, handles administrative duties, and fields questions from extension agents and growers about a variety of specialty crops. She is focused on expanding the Center's regional presence, developing new specialty crop resources, and coordinating revision of the Center's existing resources. She holds B.A. degrees in Agriculture and Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky, a B.A. in Journalism from Western Kentucky University, and an M.A. in Journalism from Indiana University.

Contact Christy via email at cgcass0@uky.edu or by phone at 859-257-1477.

 

 

 

Joshua Knight Senior Extension Associate, Horticulture

Joshua Knight Senior Extension Associate, Horticulture

Joshua Knight graduated in the Spring of 2013 with a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from the Horticulture Department at the University of Kentucky. In the years before, during and after his undergraduate coursework, Josh worked on farms using agro-ecological practices for and direct markets in central Florida, northern and southern Georgia, western New Mexico, southern Japan, as well as farms across central and eastern Kentucky. Prior to his agricultural career, Josh worked in the Information Technology sector of central Florida for six years, acquiring skills in web development, graphic design, and communication technologies. Josh is currently finishing an M.S. in Integrated Plant and Soil Science with a graduate certificate in Digital Mapping and research in Water Footprint.

Contact Josh via email at joshua.knight@uky.edu or by phone at 859-257-1273

 

Brett Wolff Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics

Brett aggregates Farmers Market Price Reports for Kentucky, manages the new website as well as the CCD facebook page. He is focused on facilitation and communication, and he hopes to grow and strengthen regional ties and to continue building timely and useful resources for growers and extension professionals in the region. He holds degrees (B.A. & M.A.) in Sociology of Agriculture and Food from the University of Kentucky. He also has recent specialty crop production experience after working the last 3 years growing vegetables for field and high tunnel research at the University of Kentucky Horticulture Research farm. You can find his full professional profile here.

Contact Brett via email at brett.wolff@uky.edu or by phone at 859-218-4384.

 

Dr. Tim Woods Extension Professor, Agricultural Economics

Dr. Woods specializes in agribusiness management and marketing with special emphasis on horticulture, food business development, consumer and direct markets, and farm entrepreneurship. He leads the MarketReady: a training program designed to educate specialty crop producers on best business practices associated with selling to grocery, restaurant, wholesale, and other institutional markets. He is also a member of the UK Food Systems Innovation Center, and is currently working on a project entitled Going to the Farm-acy: The Effect of CSA-Backed Produce Prescriptions on Eating Behaviors and Health Outcomes in Rural Kentucky. You can find his full professional profile here.

Contact Tim via email at tim.woods@uky.edu or by phone at 859-257-7270.