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Mary Johns 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. When not at work, her energetic rescue dog, Doug, keeps her busy. She also enjoys traveling with her fiancé, Matt.



Jim Allen moved to north Alabama from the Mississippi Delta in 1986 for a job with Alabama Farmers Cooperative. While there, he rose from warehouse manager to AFC’s first safety coordinator and eventually was named VP of public relations. Today, in addition to his work with Simply Southern,  he enjoys caring for several hundred tropical, subtropical and desert plants and hanging out with his many dogs and cats.



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, a daughter and five grandchildren.



Sidney Phelps is the eCommerce Director at Bonnie Plants Corporate Headquarters in Union Springs, Alabama. Sidney began his career with Bonnie in 2000 with tasks of potting plants, watering and general greenhouse labor. He then moved on to sales and has also held positions as assistant station manager and distribution manager. Sidney loves to cook, using lots of Bonnie’s herbs in his recipes. He also enjoys playing guitar, singing, lake activities and college football.


Melissa Bowman graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in journalism. She loves discovering and telling the stories of interesting people and places and has enjoyed getting to do so as a reporter for “Simply Southern TV.” Additionally, Melissa is the co-host of a morning radio show in Montgomery, Alabama. In her spare time she enjoys dancing and choreography as well as painting.


Jade Randolph joined the Simply Southern team as a reporter in 2019. Jade is the Graphic Designer for Alabama Farmers Cooperative in Decatur, Alabama. A 2014 graduate of Troy University, she has a degree in graphic design with a minor in photography. In her spare time, she enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves and Troy football, taking photographs, and spending time with her family and friends.