Meet Jason Brashear

Jason Brashear
Director of Foodways

Jason Brashear is a Hazard, Kentucky-native and fervent believer in the important role of sustainable agriculture and local food systems in promoting a just transition for central Appalachia. Jason will provide leadership to Hindman Settlement School’s emerging foodways and community agriculture programming, which will include oversight of food production and the advancement of regional food culture.

Prior to coming to Hindman Settlement School, Jason served as a 4-H Youth Development Agent for the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in both Bell and Letcher Counties and as Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator with Community Farm Alliance. In these roles, Jason developed extensive programming, built strategic partnerships, and organized community food system collaborations throughout the region. For the past two years, he taught agriculture and served as the Future Farmers of America advisor for Perry County Central High School. Jason was honored in prior work to serve as the President of the Kentucky Association of Extension 4-H Agents and as chairman of the International Boer Goat Association National Show. Brashear, a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture with a degree in Agriculture Education, Communication, and Leadership, is married to Katherine, and they live at Backwood Farms in Leatherwood.