Dr. John O’Sullivan professor of sustainable agriculture, local and community food and co-director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for his long-term efforts in sustainable local food, food equity and food justice. 

O’Sullivan has been a professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University since 1983. For the past 20 years he has worked with the Cooperative Extension Program and is an advocate for food and farming systems. 

“We need to be involved in our food,” he said. “From the food choices that we make when we buy them to the joy of growing them, cooking them and trying new food. To me food is central to who we are.”

The Order of The Long Leaf Pine is the highest honor that a governor can present to a North Carolina citizen. O’Sullivan received the award on Aug. 3.