Mary Johnson has worked with the Alabama Farmers Federation since 2012. She was raised on a small cattle and tobacco farm in central Kentucky. A 2007 graduate of Western Kentucky University, she has a degree in broadcasting and geography. Johnson has also worked at Mississippi State University as a graduate assistant in the broadcast meteorology program and for a year and a half at Real Life Radio in Lexington as a co-host and producer.

Jim Allen moved to north Alabama from the Mississippi Delta in 1986 for a job with Alabama Farmers Cooperative as a warehouse manager. In 1996, Allen became Director of Public Relations and Advertising where he’s involved with various written media, television and radio relating to advertising for 43 member Co-op stores and their branches in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. Allen is also editor-in-chief and a writer for AFC’s monthly company newspaper, The Cooperative Farming News. He enjoys gardening and caring for his many dogs, cats and finches.

Kevin Worthington has been proudly working for the farmers of Alabama for more than 20 years.  He joined the staff of the Alabama Farmers Federation following nearly 10 years in radio and television news.  He and his wife Leanne have two sons and a daughter and four grandchildren.

Samantha Carpenter grew up in Harvest, Alabama. She graduated from the Auburn University College of Agriculture in 2012, earning a degree in Animal Science and Agriculture Business. She has worked for the Alabama Farmers Cooperative since graduating, first as a manager trainee and then an assistant manager in the Co-op store system before her current position as AFC’s Social Media Specialist.

Sidney Phelps is a Distribution Manager at Bonnie Plants Corporate Headquarters in Union Springs, Alabama. Sidney began his career with Bonnie in 2000, starting off potting plants, watering, general greenhouse labor, then moved on to Sales, was an Assistant Station Manager, Assistant Distribution Manager and is currently a Distribution Manager. Sidney loves to cook; using lots of Bonnie’s herbs in his recipes and enjoys playing guitar, singing, lake activities and football.

2 thoughts on “Bios

  1. Dear Simply Southern family,

    I’m relatively new to the area and recently discovered “Simply Southern” by way of the Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative ad in Alabama Gardener magazine. I love your show, and I’ve now seen two episodes and have set my DVR to record future new and repeat shows. Hopefully over the coming months I’ll catch up on some of the shows I’ve missed over the past two seasons. Thanks for the great work you all are doing!

    Will the Storybook Farm video, which was on the 10/2/16 show, be posted on your site in the future?

    Thank you,

    Lee Ann Marona


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Our staff puts a lot of time and effort on the stories presented and the production itself. It’s very gratifying to hear from someone who is touched by our efforts. Yes, this morning’s show will be posted on YouTube and on our website this week. Please share with your friends and thanks for being a part of the Simply Southern family!


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