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2016 FALL: (click to open PDF)

  • Policy corner: Business Licenses and Sales Tax – By Sheree Martin
  • Notes from the Field: How I Spent my Summer Vacation
    — Going Green in India – By David Meek
    — Collecting Soil, Bearing Witness to Lynching Victims – Madison Clark
    — Learning to Drive A No-Frills Alabama Made Tractor – By Caroline Grove
  • Oggún Tractors – “An example for the world” – By Locky Catron
  • The Regional Forums are Here!
  • Another Great Year for Grazing
  • Thanks to our Summer Intern Caroline
  • Eat Drink Read Write Festival Returns to Birmingham – By Brandon Crawford Smith
  • Cost Share Program Makes Organic Certification More Affordable
  • Resources Available for Beginning Farmers



2016 SUMMER: (click to open PDF)

  • A Buyer’s Guide to Navigating Farmers Markets – By Katie Willis
  • Coming Soon to Alabama: Industrial Hemp
    — New Law Legalizes Industrial Hemp Farming in Alabama, For Research Purposes Only – By McMillan Arrington
    — A Brief History of Industrial Hemp in the U.S. – Michael LaBelle
  • Now Available: Comprehensive School Garden Curriculum for Alabama – By Lindsay Turner
  • New Meat Processing Facility for Sustainable Farmers Needs Your Support
  • Policy Roundup: Hunger Prevention and the Alabama Legislature – By Carol Gundlach



2016 SPRING: (click to open PDF)

  • Emerging Opportunities in Alabama Agriculture: Organic Grains – By Alice Evans, Michael LaBelle, Graydon Rust, and Allison Stewart
    — Profile: Windy Acres Farm in Orlinda, TN
    — Profile: To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company in Fitzpatrick, AL
    — Profile: Rye project with High Ridge Spirits (Union Springs, AL) and MightyGrow Organics (Fruitdale, AL)
  • Deadline Approaching for Working-Farm Conservation Program (CSP) – By the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), compiled by Katie Willis
  • Sustainability in the Black Belt – By Kayla Robinson
  • Introduction of new members of ASAN Board of Directors
  • Experienced Growers Wanted: Help Save the Sand Mountain Seed Bank- By Trae Watson
  • Update on Alabama’s Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development Program – by Jayme Oates



2015-16 WINTER: (click to open PDF)

  • Food Policy Briefings – By Karen Wynne and Renee Maas (Trans-Pacific Partnership, DARK Act / GMO labeling, poultry processing regulations, Food Freedom legislation, FSMA / food safety, farm business roadmaps)
  • Report-back from Community Land Trust conference – By Susan Diane Mitchell
  • Regional Forums rundown
  • Thoughts on youth and the future of sustainable ag in Alabama – By Natilee McGruder
  • New resources for Alabama’s beginning farmers – By Jayme Oates




2015 FALL: (click to open PDF)

  • Emerging Opportunities in Alabama Agriculture: Garlic – By Michael LaBelle
  • You Don’t Want to Miss Graze: Birmingham
  • ‘Tis the Season for ASAN Regional Food & Farm Forums!
  • “Nothing to Lose But Our Chains”: Envisioning Just Transitions – By Gabe Denton
  • The Hows and Whys of Monitoring Water Quality – By Stephen Tsikalas
  • Shepherd Bend Mine Proposal Defeated at Last – By Nelson Brooke
  • Building #SouthernPeoplesPower in Uniontown and Beyond – By Susan Diane Mitchell
  • Formation of Statewide Community Garden Network Underway – By Anne Randle
  • A Big Win for Second Chances: Alabama Ends its Lifetime SNAP Ban – By Carol Gundlach


2015 summer


2015 SUMMER: (click to open PDF)

  • Adventures in Fermentation – By Pete Halupka and Lindsay Whiteaker
  • Emerging Opportunities in Alabama Agriculture: Blackberries – By Michael LaBelle
  • Resisting Monoculture to Embrace “Many Worlds Within One World” (writeup of Beehive Collective workshops) – By Robyn Hyden
  • What’s Up with Edwin? – By Anne LaBelle
  • High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System: A Much-Needed Innovation – By Ayanava Majumdar
  • The Local Food System: Getting to Know Your Neighbor – By Natilee McGruder




2015 SPRING:
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  • Emerging Opportunities in Alabama Agriculture: Bananas – By Michael LaBelle
  • Huntsville Garden Collective Combating Food Injustice – By Jaleel Nash
  • Getting “Off the Grid” in Blount County – By Wade Austin
  • ASAN Board Transitions: Introductions and Farewells
  • Don’t Miss the 1st Annual Tennessee Valley Farm Tour – By Karen Wynne
  • Changes, Transitions, and Improvements AT ASAN!
  • Rooted in the Land: Wisdom from Black Women Farmers in Alabama – By Natilee McGruder
  • SSAWG Conference Wraps up stint in Alabama, ASAN gives 29 Scholarships – By Alice Evans



2014-2015 winter

2014-2015 WINTER:
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  • Emerging Opportunities in Alabama Agriculture Series: Shiitake Mushrooms – By Michael LaBelle
  • Thoughts from A Visit from Joel Salatin – By Natilee McGruder and George and Becky Rogers
  • Farm-to-School Spotlight: Dothan – By Michael Jackson
  • Checking in on the 2014 ASAN Regional Food & Farm Forums
  • Slow Money—What’s That?! – By LaTanya Millhouse
  • Wallace State Community College To Launch Sustainable Ag Certificate
  • Civil Rights at the Center of Farm Aid in Raleigh – By Michael Wall



2014 fall

2014 FALL:
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  • Emerging Opportunities in Alabama Agriculture Series: Elderberries – By Michael LaBelle
  • Rooted in the Land: Black Cultural Identity – By Natilee McGruder
  • Learning from the Model of a Costa Rican Coffee Co-op – By Mary Ignatiadis
  • “Train the Trainer” Workshops on Organic High Tunnels Planned in October
  • Updated Small Farms Resource Guide Now Available
  • The Year of The Horse: Learning to Farm with Draft Animals – By Joan Robertson
  • ASAN Regional Food & Farm Forums are Back!
  • FSMA: What is it, again? Why does it matter? And where are we now? – By NSAC Food Safety Team



2014 summer print quality

2014 SUMMER:
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  • Keeping Families and Farms Protected Forever – By Marie Bostick
  • Water is Life: Alabama Needs a Sustainable Water Management Plan – By Cindy Lowry
  • What’s in Store for Alabama? Expanded Access to Healthy Food – By Melanie Bridgeforth
  • Sharpening a Vision for Grassroots Economic Empowerment at “Jackson Rising” Conference – By Rob Burton
  • What is the Cost of Poverty in our Communities? – By Cynthia McKinney
  • NC-Based Professional Sheep Shearer Visits Alabama Farms – By Charlie Meek
  • Society of St. Andrew- Gleaning Alabama’s Fields, Feeding Alabama’s Hungry – By Mary Lynn Botts
  • Druid City Garden Project Expands this Fall
  • Potential Tar Sands Operation Poses Threat to Northwest Alabama Soil and Water – By Cindy Lowry
  • ASAN Hosts Community Potlucks around the State
  • Updates from Regional Food Policy Councils
  • Food Policy Briefing: New Cottage Food Law Goes into Effect June 1 – By Kristin Woods

2014 spring newsletter
2014 SPRING: (click to open PDF)

  • An Off-Bottom Inspiration on the Gulf – By Jim Lancuster and Bill Walton
  • What’s Going on in Your Soil?  The Basics of Soil Fertility – By Michael LaBelle
  • Grassroots Efforts to Fight Hunger Take Root in Russell County – By Alice Evans
  • Training a New Generation of capable, compassionate Farm Advocates – By Rita-Bennett Chew
  • The Benefits of Using Silvopasture to “Stack” Livestock, Forestry, and Pasture – By Emily Stutzman Jones
  • Deadline Approaches for Health Care Enrollment, While Groups Push to Close Alabama’s “Coverage Gap” – by Alice Evans
  • Loan Fund Receives New Money to Fund Food-related Businesses – By Mary Ellen Judah
  • Food Policy Briefings—updates on State and Federal Food Policy (Grocery Tax, Cottage Food Bill, and the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act) – by Carol Gundlach, Chris Sanders, Barbara Parsons, and Anita Daniel
  • Updates from Regional Food Policy Councils
  • ASAN Needs Survey Results
  • All Hands on Deck — ASAN Needs Your Help!

winter 2013-14

2013-2014 WINTER: (click to open PDF)

  • After the Farm: Post-Production Challenges in the Local Meat Movement – By Tiffany Williams Woods
  • Charting the Course for “A Garden in Every School” – By Alice Evans
  • Getting Started with Crop Rotation – By Karen Wynne
  • Jim ‘N Nick’s Supporting Local, Heritage Hog Production – By Alice Evans
  • Snapshots from the 2013 Regional Food and Farm Forums
  • Mobile Welcomes 2014 SSAWG Conference
  • NARLF (North Alabama Revolving Loan Fund) Awards First Three Loans
  • Policy Updates (Food Safety Modernization Act and Farm Bill)



2013 fall

2013 FALL
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  • A Different Path from Farm To Fork: Community Supported Agriculture in Alabama – By Mary Ignatiadis
  • Cover Up! Cover Crops 101 – By Jan Garrett
  • Regarding Cypress Creek Organic Farms
  • Incubator Farm Program Is Growing Successful New Farmers – By Karen Wynne
  • Cooking With the Seasons: Fall, Recipe for Caramelized Onion and Butternut Squash Tart – By Steve Bunner
  • Cooking With the Seasons: Fall, Recipe for Pecan Pie – By Becky Rogers
  • Getting Paid For Doing Good: Protecting our Water Supply – By Skye Borden
  • “Grow your Voice” at ASAN’s 2013 Regional Food & Farm Forums



2013 summer

2013 SUMMER:
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  • Opportunities and Challenges of Farm-to-Restaurant – By Alice Evans
  • Why Not Pick Your Own? – By Mike Reeves
  • Solarization CAN Help Rid Your High Tunnel of Diseases, Pests and Weed Seeds – By Victor Khan
  • Black Belt Sewing Collective Launches Web Store – By Natilee McGruder
  • Cooking With the Seasons: Summer, Recipe for Crazy Sista’s Shrimp Ceviche – By Lucy Buffett
  • ASAN Farmers “Fly-in” to Speak To Congress – By Shavaun Evans
  • Mr. Bowen Goes (Back) to Washington – By Mark Bowen
  • Why Care About Policy? – By Alice Evans
  • Updates from the Alabama Food Policy Council



More archived issues:  (contact us by email and we’ll send you a PDF)

2013 SPRING:

  • The Lowdown on High Tunnels – By Victor Khan
  • Jacksonville-Area Farmers Talk Regional Strategy
  • Crop Mob Program Poised to Expand
  • Beekeeping Goes Hand-in-Hand With Farming, but it ain’t Easy – By Roslyn Horton
  • Profile: Cold Creek Honey Company
  • Learning Network Helps Farmers Better Utilize High Tunnels
  • ASAN To Host “Wholesale Success” Workshop in Cullman
  • Collaboration Leads to Extraordinary Farm-to-Plate Journey – By Kathryn Strickland and Mary Lynn Botts
  • Cooking With the Seasons: Spring Greens, Recipe for Mustard Greens Surprise – By Yawah Awolowo
  • Cooking With the Seasons: Spring Greens, Recipe for Shaved Brussels Sprout and Radicchio Salad with Toasted Walnuts – Reprinted from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  • Seeds Bring Together a Community — Community Seed Swap in Huntsville
  • Black Belt Farmers’ Produce Featured at “Farm to Table” Dinner – By Keisha Turner-Abrahams
  • Update on Food Policy Work Around the State
  • Alabama Farmers to Make their Case in Washington, DC


2012-2013 WINTER:

  • Camp McDowell Lays Groundwork for New McDowell Farm School
  • 2013 Southern SAWG Conference Is Coming Up Soon!
  • A Primer on Hosting Farm Interns
  • A Conversation with Andy Grace of “Eating Alabama”
  • State Food Policy Council Presents Opportunities, Challenges – By Will Thomas
  • Growing Under Cover: High Tunnel Production in Alabama
  • North Alabama Revolving Loan Fund Now Accepting Applications
  • Advanced Organic Training Held in North Carolina
  • Fifth Annual Farm and Food Forum Brings Together Leaders From Around the State
  • Getting Certified: The Certification Process, and Which Certification (If Any) Might Be Right For You
    • Certification that Supports Local Farmer Networks: Certified Naturally Grown – By Alice Varon
    • Understanding the Organic Certification Process – By Karen Wynne