Brown honored as a 2017 Women Impacting Agriculture recipient

Monday, February 12, 2018
Audrey Brown

AMES — Audrey Brown of C. Brown Gardens in Merrill was one of seven Iowa women recognized at the inaugural Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference held Nov. 28 in Ames.

The 2017 Women Impacting Agriculture were honored for making positive changes and creating a more sustainable Iowa by improving economic resiliency and stability, conserving natural resources, and being influential agricultural leaders, family members and community volunteers.

The honorees were selected from applications submitted by ISU Extension and Outreach employees across the state. They demonstrate exceptional contributions to Iowa agriculture through farming and/or agribusiness roles and accomplishments. They also demonstrate the important role women play in Iowa agriculture.

The 2017 Women Impacting Agriculture honorees were introduced to 200 attendees during a special recognition ceremony at the ISU Women in Ag Leadership Conference.

According to a news release, “Audrey is the definition of a family-owned business. With her husband, Steve and son, Clint, Audrey incorporates value-added agriculture by transforming their home-grown produce into jams and jellies for C. Brown Gardens. She demonstrates the essence of producing and purchasing locally.”

Brown’s farm also grows a wide variety of vegetables, as well as natural beef and locally raised pork.

As a member of the Region 5 Local Foods Advisory Committee with ISU Extension and Outreach, Brown provides input for issues involving local food needs in northwest Iowa. She has hosted several “Farm to Table” dinners at their farm and shares her story about the importance of local foods to agriculture.

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