Berea Resident Receives Prestigious Agricultural Award


Osborn Barr Paramore (OBP), a full-service agency serving the agriculture and rural industry for more than three decades, has proudly awarded Martina Leforce of Berea with its second annual Community Service Rural Spirit Award. This award seeks to recognize an individual who goes above and beyond to selflessly grow their community through exceptional service.

“Martina represents everything the Community Service Rural Spirit Award stands for, and I’m delighted to honor her dedication to her local community,” said OBP President, Rhonda Ries. “We launched the awards program in July and received many great nominations, so that speaks to how deserving she really is.”

Five years ago, Leforce established the summer feeding program Berea Kids Eat located in Berea. It has since been her mission to grow the program so that food is made available to children throughout the Appalachia region. Through established partnerships, Berea Kids Eat now feeds 22 local sites. Leforce also helped organize community gardens and a junior farmers market program, growing the intergenerational bonds between volunteers, farmers and Berea’s youth.

“Martina combines compassion and the ability to create needed community programs through collaboration that brings out the best in diverse partners,” said Lloyd Jordison of Madison County Health Department, one of Leforce’s community partners.

Leforce received the award at OBP’s Rural Spirit Awards ceremony in St. Louis on Dec. 5. She will be awarded $2,000 to donate to a non-profit organization of her choice––with the donation made in her name.

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