A Lexington native and University of Kentucky graduate has been named the city's first local-food coordinator.
Ashton Potter Wright, who has also worked on first lady Michele Obama's Let's Move campaign, started Monday. Wright's job will include improving connections between food producers and consumers. Lexington is Kentucky's second city to have a local-food coordinator, after Louisville. The pilot project is being funded through a combination of agriculture development funds, private grants and $25,000 in city money. The goal is to improve the local agriculture economy and at the same time provide better access to healthy, locally grown foods, Mayor Jim Gray said in a written release.
Wright has a Ph.D. in public health from UK. She has worked on several programs to increase access to healthy foods, including a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. During that fellowship, she was the operations manager for the Let's Move campaign.