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1. Community Gardens with Jim Embry
2. Roots of a Rural Life
3. Today's Special—Greyhound Tavern
4. Richwood Plantation
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Fayette County

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Sustainable Communities Network

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: Dave Shuffett, John Bacon
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Community Gardens with Jim Embry

For Jim Embry, a community garden is more than just a source of food and beauty. He believes that gardening has the power to change the world.

A social activist since his youth in the 1960s, Embry believes that community gardening is the most important social movement in the country. Through workshops, tours, presentations, and service projects, Embry connects community gardeners—from the private and public sector—to the earth and each other. Dave Shuffett visits with Embry in Lexington and looks at several community gardens.

Community gardens are located in city parks as well as on school grounds and even in road medians. Local governments promote community gardens as a way to provide fresh food for low-income residents and to beautify the area. Gardens also improve the environment: In Lexington, a rain garden of trees and perennial flowers at Limestone, Vine and Main streets catches rainwater.

Embry, who holds a degree in biology, served as executive director of the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership in Detroit for four years before returning to Kentucky in 2005. He has been a three-time U.S. delegate to Terra Madre, a biannual gathering in Italy for members of Slow Food International.


Leslie County

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Longwood Antique Woods

Producer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Videographers: Jaxon Combs, Brandon Wickey

Roots of a Rural Life

Abandoned and crumbling old barns are an increasingly common sight as Kentucky's family farms disappear. But in Leslie County, a century-old, hand-crafted barn is still standing strong, as a tangible example of what life was like in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky at the time of World War I.

This barn was discovered by David Odor as part of his work with Longwood Antique Woods in Lexington. Longwood purchases old barns and recycles the wood into premium floors, tables, and other decorative features for homes and offices (including parts of the Kentucky Collectibles set). However, Longwood also believes in preserving early American architecture when possible.

Upon finding this barn in the Wooten community, Odor immediately recognized it was something unique—and worth preserving just as it is. This barn is truly hand-crafted—there are no saw marks. It's made entirely of hand-split and hewn lumber. Keith Creech, the owner of the barn, says it's been in his family since it was built. Its many unique features are testament to the resourcefulness of the mountain folks who built it.

Kenton County

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Greyhound Tavern

Producer/Editor: Rob Elliott
Videographer: David Dampier
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Today's Special—Greyhound Tavern

Originally called the Dixie Tea Room, the Fort Mitchell favorite now known as the Greyhound Tavern was built in 1921. Long famous for its onion rings and burgers, the Tavern today is also known for its steaks, seafood and chef's specialties. The Greyhound Tavern also features extensive wine and bourbon menus.

Why the name Greyhound Tavern? When Al Frisch purchased the old Dixie Tea Room in the 1930s, he named it Greyhound Grill because his brother trained greyhounds in Florida.

The Greyhound Tavern is billed as Northern Kentucky's most award-winning restaurant. It's been named Best Casual Dining by Cincinnati Magazine and dubbed "Lord of the Onion Rings" by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Trimble County

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Richwood Plantation Bed and Breakfast Inn

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: David Dampier, Prentice Walker
Audio: Gary Mosley
Editor: Jim Piston

Richwood Plantation

Antebellum plantations, with their elegant architecture and spacious grounds, often find new life as inns and event venues. Richwood Plantation, located in the Trimble County town of Milton, once encompassed some 2,000 acres along the Ohio River. Today, Richwood Plantation Inn is a bed and breakfast and an event venue on 117 acres, offering Southern hospitality in the elegantly restored main house and cottages on the grounds.

Built in 1803, the property features barns original to its plantation days. History buffs will appreciate knowing that President William McKinley once stayed here. The property was also home to the Richwood Plantation Riding School for Young Women. And fans of classic TV would be amused to know that TV's talking horse, Mr. Ed, spent time here with his owner.

With its comfortable decor and beautiful landscaping, Richwood Plantation Inn is a popular site for weddings and family reunions. Richwood caters to all types of events, including business conferences.

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