Brownlees to address sustainable farming

Hanover College alumni Nate and Liz Otte Brownlee will return to campus Monday, Feb. 13, to address sustainable farming and community-supported agriculture. The couple will speak at 3 p.m. in Science Center, room 136.

pasture-raised pig

Liz, a 2009 Hanover graduate, is the executive director of the Oak Heritage Conservancy. The organization is a non-profit land trust that conserves natural areas in southeastern Indiana. Nate, a 2006 graduate, is pilot program director at Southeast Indiana Farmer Training Initiative.

The Brownlees launched Nightfall Farm in 2014 and work on food system issues, including how to connect people with their food, build farmers markets and keep more money in rural communities. The couple is active in the Hoosier Young Farmer Coalition and also working create a hometown food guide to connect consumers and farmers.

The Brownlees met while students at Hanover. After graduation, they farmed in the northeastern U.S., were exposed to community-supported agriculture (CSA) and farmers’ markets in Pennsylvania, and ran educational events at a demonstration farm in Maine.

Nate managed livestock at a farm in New York and worked on a diversified vegetable farm in Vermont. Liz, meanwhile, earned a master's degree in natural resources at the University of Vermont. The couple eventually served an apprenticeship on a farm in Vermont, which ultimately cemented plans for their own farm venture.

Nightfall Farm made its debut in 2014. Now entering its fourth season, the effort pasture-raises animals for a 45-member meat CSA, three farmers’ markets and a chef.

The presentation is open to the public, free of charge.

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