Women and the Environment: Expressions of Inspiration

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Blue Ridge Women in AgricultureF.A.R.M. CafeBlue Ridge ConservancyHospitality HouseHigh Country Local First

Location:  The Parkway Ballroom, 4th floor, Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State

Join us for a networking reception to kick off the first annual Global Women's Series. Talk with campus and community organizations that are actively involved in increasing the environmental health of our community. Meet local female environmental activists—leaders in creating healthy, sustainable communities through food, renewable energy, the arts, and actions of social justice.

Participants will include...

Sandra Lubarsky

Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, director of the Department of Sustainable Development, will deliver opening remarks at 5:30 p.m.

Before coming to Appalachian in 2011, Lubarsky created and established one of the first graduate programs in sustainability in the country, the M.A. Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University. She has authored and edited three books and dozens of essays. She is currently completing a manuscript on beauty and sustainability and the importance of beauty as a public value. For most of her time in the academy, she has been involved in efforts to bring the conversation on sustainability into higher education. She has served on many university committees and community boards with the intention of promoting programs and practices that contribute to the quality of community life.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) is dedicated to strengthening the High Country's local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture. Their long-term vision is to support the development of an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable food system in the High Country. Learn more

As part of their participation, BRWIA will deliver a presentation highlighting the work of Logan Fields, who runs the blog Women Farmers.

Women Farmers "is a blog interpreting the experience of women in agriculture. It is a series of portraits and snapshots including brief vignettes of each woman’s background. These biographical sketches describe her views and experiences as a woman farmer, particularly in relation to sustainable agriculture."

According to Women Farmers, "Women are the fastest growing demographic of small-farm owners and operators. This project explores of the implications this that trend and how women identify themselves as farmers. It’s an evolving interpretation meant not only to help build solidarity with other women farmers but also to enchant the viewer with the growing number of women farmers in North America."

Also, BRWIA will be highlighting the work of Holly Whitesides (Against the Grain), Elizabeth West and Lisa Redman (Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm) and Hillary Wilson (Maverick Farms).

The Seeds of Change Initiative

As part of BRWIA, the Seeds of Change Initiative will also be featured. Seeds of Change's mission is to empower local food and farm entrepreneurs, grow living wage jobs, and increase access to healthy local food for all, while fostering ecological stewardship. Learn more

F.A.R.M. Cafe

F.A.R.M. Cafe is a non-profit, pay-what-you-can community kitchen that builds a healthy and inclusive community. We provide high quality and delicious meals produced from local sources when available, served in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means. Learn more

World Camp

World Camp, Inc. is a non-profit and international non-governmental organization (NGO) providing holistic humanitarian support services that question the traditional models of many development solutions. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children in disadvantaged communities worldwide by building self-worth and encouraging community pride by raising awareness about locally challenging issues. World Camp aids in every community's mission to have happy, educated children with aspirations for the future. Learn more

Blue Ridge Conservancy

Blue Ridge Conservancy is a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization incorporated in North Carolina. Since our founding, we have protected over 16,000 acres in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey Counties. In addition to protecting working farmland, BRC’s efforts have resulted in the creation of state natural areas like Beech Creek Bog, Bear Paw and Bullhead Mountain. We continue to help Elk Knob State park expand its borders and in 2008 we led the way in establishing a 2,000-acre State Game Land preserve on Pond Mountain in Ashe County.

BRC also continues to work closely with state, federal and private partners to expand the public’s access to land with significant recreational, cultural and ecological value. Through these partnerships, BRC has helped protect critically important areas including Bear Paw State Natural Area, Beech Creek Bog State Natural Area, Tater Hill Bog Preserve, Bullhead Mountain State Natural Area, Pond Mountain Game Land, Three Top Mountain Game Land, Valle Crucis Community Park, Sugar Mountain’s J. Douglas Williams Park, Elk Knob State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway lands. Learn more

Hospitality House

Hospitality House, a non-profit organization, serves seven counties (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey) in northwestern North Carolina helping those in crisis, poverty and homeless situations rebuild their lives. The organization provides, operates, administers and directs emergency shelter services, long-term transitional housing, family housing, permanent supportive housing, Rock Haven Independent Living Facility, Bread of Life Community Kitchen, Second Harvest Food Box Program, WeCAN - a crisis intervention and homeless prevention program, HUD’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, BREMCO’s Operation Round-Up and NRLP's Good Neighbor Round Up Program.

The services provided encourage residents to transition from crisis to stability, poverty to sustainability and homelessness to self-sufficiency. The need is great as there over 1,200 homeless on any given night in our seven county region. Learn more

High Country Local First

High Country Local First is a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen our community and local economy by supporting locally owned, independent businesses and farmers through education, promotion and networking. High Country Local First envisions a community where local businesses are prosperous, where citizens make informed decisions on how and where they purchase goods and services, and a community that as a whole becomes more self-reliant by utilizing the strength of its own assets. Learn more

Office of International Education and Development

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) will host a table on Study Abroad programs (both short- and long-term) that relate to environment and community building and a table to share information about how International Women's Day is celebrated in other countries, and in general what it is.

These “Expressions of Inspiration” share individual and collective messages towards our call to act on building sustainable communities of health, justice, and connection.

Program schedule

5:00 p.m.
  • Interactive Networking Reception (throughout event) and Performances
  • Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture slide show highlighting the work of Logan Fields
5:30 p.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Dr. Donna Lillian, Women’s Studies; Dr. Sandra Lubarsky

5:40 p.m.

Poetry /Spoken Word

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha, “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou
  • Jonathan Dwyer
  • Dr. Katherine Kirkpatrick
6:00 p.m.


  • Angela Sterling Forest
  • The Mountain Laurels & Community Music School string players
6:30 p.m.

Q & A with BRWIA’s featured Women Farmers, Courtney Baines moderating

6:50 p.m.

Ear Candy, Appalachian female a cappella group

7:00 p.m.

High Country One Billion Rising, “Breaking the Chains” - Local community in solidarity with and support of women, locally and globally, who suffer from violence and oppression. Striking, rising and dancing to bring into focus and resist the entwined violence that effects us all: rape, battery, war, economic exploitation, and environmental degradation. http://onebillionrising.org

Submit your participation ideas

We invite students, faculty, staff and community to perform short works of expression (5 minutes or less) as a public arts platform. Share your individual or collective messages of hope relating to building a sustainable community of health, justice, and connection. What are we doing to make a difference? What is our call to act? How can we contribute to building the community we want to live in at present and for the future? Submit your participation ideas

The Department of Women's Studies, Belk Library, and the Office of International Education and Development
Contact name: 
International Education and Development
Contact telephone: 
+1 (828) 262-2046
Plemmons Student Union, Parkway Ballroom, 4th floor