Michael Tierney has had a meandering career path; from the lead singer of a band to a news reporter to event planning. But the 24-year-old Louisville native has discovered the ultimate career path: one that unites his strengths, skills and passions. With a love of food, the environment and people, Michael figured there was no better time to become a farmer and local food advocate. But he's taken that one step further and has begun sowing the seeds for Green Heart Farms, an organization that will strive for the sustainable production of fish, chickens and horticulture, as well as animal feed for local farmers.
As an ecological designer (someone who incorporates inherent principles of the natural world in order to sustain human populations over long periods of time), he knows that nature is the most efficient system there is. "Nothing goes to waste, and the symbiotic balance of Earth's cycles is truly astonishing." His goal is to mirror that same design and production to help preserve our resources while creating an economically efficient system.
Michael knows that his project will require a large amount of work, but he's confident that Kentucky will support it. "It’s a new road to travel", he says. "But with the help of friends, family and a good deal of sweat and splinters, I hope to be a part of the local food initiative, as I do believe one day Kentuckians will feed Kentuckians."
Name: Michael Tierney
Tough! Angel’s Envy at the moment.
Kentucky Wonder Pole .
Are you from Kentucky?
Do you consider yourself to be sassy?
I prefer wit to sass.
What are you currently reading?
Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan.
What are you proud of at the moment?
My city and state.
What’s one of your leadership secrets?
What skill do you want to improve?
When you’re off work, where can we find you?
In Lexington you’d find me at West 6th Brewing Co. hanging out with my brother who works there. In Louisville, you can find me wherever the wind blows on a particular day.
What do you look for in an employee or business partnership?
Trust and communication.
What inspires you?
To better myself, the people around me and the planet we stand upon.
How do you relish your successes?
Celebrate with those who made success possible.
Why is it important to buy from local businesses?
While living in Africa, I learned about the downsides of monoeconomics and a lack of infrastructure. Buying local builds demand and reasons for governments and individuals to invest in regional economics.
What must we do to ensure the spread of sustainable agriculture?
There are a lot of mouths to feed on the planet, and we have to find more and more innovative ways of sustainable food production as resources dwindle on the planet. You can’t be a cynic focused on flaws in sustainable culture, as you’ll never step in the right direction. We must take steps towards sustainable production, acknowledge where improvements must be made, and then strive to provide solutions to those problems.