BS’08 Forest Science (Recreation Resource Management)
Brabbit served as a Peace Corps volunteer specializing in agro-forestry in rural southeastern Paraguay, an area she found quite similar to where she’d grown up in Wisconsin’s Driftless region. In partnership with a local nonprofit and other agricultural organizations, Brabbit assisted in establishing a community tree nursery, planting trees for firewood and restoring endangered tree species—but some of her most meaningful intercultural experiences were spent gardening and baking with her neighbors. Brabbit now works in Winona, Minn., at a nursery specializing in native grasses, wildflowers and trees that are sold to gardeners and organizations restoring prairies throughout the country. Her passion for nature extends beyond her career. When she is not training for her first marathon, Brabbit enjoys foraging and making natural products out of what she finds.