Community FEaST 2019: Food Engagement and Storytelling

AppalFRESH, the Appalachian Food Research for Equity Sustainability and Health Collaborative is hosting the third annual Community FEaST (Food Engagement and Story Telling) on Sanford Mall Tuesday Oct. 22 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. 

This event welcomes all students, staff, faculty and community members to join around a 100-yard long table for a simple, local meal of potatoes, greens and apple pie with live local music.

As in past years, the three main goals of this event are to:

1. Build community by encouraging conversation and storytelling about the importance of sustainable food

2. Minimize waste (near-zero waste event)

3. Maximize local food sourcing

To help minimize waste, please bring your own plate, utensils and water bottle.

AppalFRESH is looking for help with this event in three ways:

1.  Be a Host 
Student and community clubs and groups can help by hosting a table. Hosting groups bring potato toppers for 20 potatoes and join around the table to share in this important dialogue. Any size of group is welcome to host.

2.  Be a Champion
Individuals who are interested in helping on a deeper level are encouraged to serve as table champions. These individuals will guide the table dialogue to meet the event's goals of conversation and storytelling about the importance of a future sustainable food system. Members of the AppalFRESH Collaborative will meet with these individuals before the event to help explain this role further. Anyone is welcome to serve in this capacity.

3.  Be a Resource
Community organizations and university groups currently involved in work related to sustainable food are invited to set up information booths at this event. In order to participate, register your booth with the Collaborative at

If you would like to be involved or have any questions, contact Carla Ramsdell, College of Arts and Sciences sustainability liaison and professor of Physics and Astronomy at


About AppalFRESH
Appalachian Food Research for Equity, Sustainability and Health Collaborative (AppalFRESH) is a new, but growing group of faculty, staff and graduate students at Appalachian State University with a common interest in research, education and engagement related to socially, economically and ecologically viable food systems. AppalFRESH strives to host and promote events that lead to a better understanding of and spur conversations around food issues, conduct and support research on salient food issues, and to be of service to faculty, staff, community members and students by sharing resources, and making and maintaining connections. Learn more at

About Sustainability at Appalachian
Appalachian State University’s leadership in sustainability is known nationally. The university’s holistic, three-branched approach considers sustainability economically, environmentally and equitably in relationship to the planet’s co-inhabitants. The university is an active steward of the state’s interconnected financial, cultural and natural resources and challenges students and others think critically and creatively about sustainability and what it means from the smallest individual action to the most broad-based applications. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs that focus on sustainability. In addition, 100 percent of Appalachian’s academic departments offer at least one sustainability course or course that includes sustainability, and all students graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome. Learn more at


Ellen G. Burnette
Sept. 23, 2019

Participants last year on Sanford Mall enjoying Community FEaST at Appalachian State. Photo by Ellen Gwin Burnette.
Published: Sep 23, 2019 8:15am