App State Senior Receives Stewardship and Sustainability Award

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The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University is pleased to present the 2020 Charles Church Award for Stewardship and Sustainability to Rebecca Brown. Charles Church was integral in the High Country farming community for many years, moving it towards sustainability.


Dr. Ann Fanatico, Appalachian State (right), presents award to Rebecca Brown (left) at the High Country Food Hub.

Rebecca is from High Point, NC and a Sustainable Development major with a concentration in sustainable agriculture and agroecology. She exemplifies the department’s focus on ecology, environmental justice, and equity. Rebecca interned from 2018-2019 with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, helping with the King St. Farmers Market and distributing local food at the Food Hub. She has also volunteered with the F.A.R.M. Cafe (Feed All Regardless of Means), serving local food. She interned with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Watauga County and developed strong leadership skills while doing field work and research with Livestock Agent, Eddy Labus. She is currently working on a professional basis with the new Watauga Butchery, as the Assistant Business and Marketing Manager, which will provide much needed infrastructure for cattle and swine producers in the High Country. Rebecca plans to graduate in May 2021 and continue on to graduate school.

Rebecca is one of the most talented students I’ve had the pleasure of teaching. Her critical thinking, thoughtfulness, and dynamic engagement with food systems work inspired me on a daily basis. Most importantly, I’ve always been impressed with how Rebecca recognizes the community-building capacities of food and agriculture. Onward!” —Dr. Cody Miller (SD2400 Principles of Sustainable Development course)

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown works for Shipley Beef while finishing school