Joyce Pinson Biography

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Joyce Pinson is a writer and television host focusing on the farm-to-table movement and Appalachian Foodways. Her feature columns are distributed regionally by the Appalachian News-Express. A Certified Master Gardener, Joyce maintains a large heirloom vegetable garden near her big red barn in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains. Joyce is an accomplished home canner and food preservationist. Her local cable show “Friends Drift Inn with Joyce Pinson” brings the garden to the kitchen, celebrating fresh ingredients, home cooking, and the culture of food.

Joyce’s blog,, explores recipes, gardening, and life in Appalachia from the perspective of a baby boomer. With a background in agriculture and a passion for kitchen crafts and home entertaining, Joyce brings a unique voice to the food community. Her work has been featured in Edible Ohio Valley and Hobby Farms magazines. She has been the subject of several television clips, including The Local Traveler and KET’s Kentucky Life.

Along with her companions, The Pointy Toed Shoe Sisters, Joyce often travels to the city to “take the rural back from the urban;” interviewing chefs, exploring farmers markets, and plundering through food shows and events. With the mantra “Share the Giggles” the team is at once playful and formidable.

Joyce is currently developing several book concepts and working on a line of value added products. A film documentary is on her project board. She is a reoccurring guest on several radio shows and does cooking demonstrations and talks for organizations.

She is available for speaking engagements, free-lance writing assignments and media appearances.

About the Author

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.