The Berry Center was established to continue the Berry family’s work in culture and agriculture by working on issues of farmer education, consumer education, land use, agricultural policy and urban / rural connectedness. We are committed to the idea that we can live well without doing harm.
Welcome to the Berry Center located in New Castle, Kentucky. I write this today from the law offices of Berry and Floyd where my grandfather John M. Berry, Sr. started his law practice in 1927. It was in this building that a good deal of the work of crafting and then shepherding the Burley Tobacco Program happened. My grandfather remembered his father coming home from selling his tobacco crop in 1908 with nothing to show for a year’s work. When he got a little older he could remember men leaving tobacco warehouses with tears running down their faces. He would tell us that he thought then, “If I can do anything about this I will.” And he did.Click here to read more.