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Meet Ashland Tann

Ashland Tann served as a Local Food Ambassador in 2017. Since graduating from Elizabeth City State University in 2018, he was accepted into the Wendell Berry Farming Program at Sterling College. He is now a chef in Louisville, Kentucky.


When and where were you a Local Food Ambassador? 2017 at Elizabeth City State University

Tell us about what you learned as a Local Food Ambassador (LFA). One thing I learned in my professional skill set is about time management and planning and realizing that other people have just as important deadlines as you do, so it’s important to make sure that you communicate exactly what you need in a timely manner. I learned how important it was to maintain lines of communication.


What was your greatest success in the program? The personal growth that I had and realizing that this was something I was interested in. It was more of a personal success than anything- just noticing that this was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life, something I was interested in.


How has being an Ambassador helped you in finding or thinking about your career path? Being an LFA helped me realize that I love working with food and I love the entire food process from cooking to agriculture, so I think that I didn’t know it when I first started, but that experience going to the farmers market with my mom and growing up in that southern agricultural background, it really helped me discover what I was truly interested in. I always knew I wanted to change the world, but I didn’t know how I wanted to do it and I think that this might be the way for me.

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