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Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelby County
Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelby County
Junior and senior students learn some Kentucky history as Bobbie shares stories of how several of our more notable dishes came to be known as Kentucky's best. 
2016 Kentucky History 
Award Winner

FRANKFORT, KY – Writer and Calloway County native Bobbie Smith Bryant received a Kentucky History Award for her book Farming in the Black Patch. In it, she examines how and why dark-fired tobacco has been so important to Western Kentucky’s economy and culture and brings attention to the unique firing process of dark-fired tobacco. Her book is one of the few modern sources that has examined the traditions and culture that developed around this farming process.

Celebrate Our Farming Heritage
Smith Farms 2015

Presentation at Monticello

L-R: Bobbie Bryant, Olivia Anderson, and Jane Piercy. at Kentucky Humanities presentation at the Wayne County Public Library in Montcello, Kentucky, August 27, 2015.

Farming in the Black Patch Wins 

2013 Statewide Award

FRANKFORT, KY – Smith Farms of Calloway County has won the prestigious Kentucky Historical Society Education Award for the production of Farming in the Black Patch. William H. (Billy) Smith, Jr. of Murray, and his daughter, Bobbie Smith Bryant of Louisville represented Smith Farms in accepting the award from Brian Mefford, President, Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

Kentucky Book Fair 2013

Frankfort, Kentucky

Bobbie Smith Bryant attends the 2013 Kentucky Craft Market and signs her book, Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting in Western Kentucky. The book is published by Butler Books of Louisville.