The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) invites you to join us as we imagine and envision a course for our next few years.  See this previous post for more background about why we’re undertaking this process now, and an overview of our plans for the year.

What do you imagine sustainable farming will look like in Alabama over the next decade?
How will ASAN best support growers and consumers who want a thriving food system in Alabama?
What role will our network play in the changing landscape of state and national politics, economics, and ecology?
How can ASAN best serve you and your community?

These are questions we are exploring this year with you — the farmers, gardeners, entrepreneurs, market lovers, and community advocates that make up our ASAN family.

We will explore these questions at five assemblies across the state, this summer.  Then, we’ll report back to you about what we learned, and what we plan to do about it, at our statewide Food & Farm Forum on Dec 8-9, 2017!

SUMMER ASSEMBLIES:
All of these assemblies are free and open to anyone who cares about local farms, sustainable food, and thriving communities!  You do not have to be a paid ASAN member to attend.  Food (snacks or a meal, depending on the time of the event) will be provided.

Child care is available free of charge, UPON REQUEST — please email alice@asanonline.org with at least three days’ notice, if you will need child care to attend.  We will do our best to ensure child care at all of the events, but cannot guarantee it without prior arrangements being made.

NORTH ALABAMA:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:00-8:30pm
Morgan-County Decatur Farmers Market
211 1st Ave SE, Decatur, AL  35601 (click for map/directions)
Link to Facebook event

EAST ALABAMA:
Saturday, July 8, 2017
2:00-5:00pm
Carver Integrative Sustainability Center
Franklin Road and Mortley Lane (Motley on Google Maps), Tuskegee, AL  36083 (click for map/directions)
Link to Facebook event

SOUTH ALABAMA:
Sunday, July 9, 2017
4:00-6:30pm
Homestead Village
924 Plantation Blvd, Fairhope, AL 36532 (click for map/directions)
Link to Facebook event

WEST ALABAMA:
Thursday, July 27, 2017
11:00am-2:00pm
Tutwiler Conference Center (next to Lyon Hall) at University of West Alabama
School Street, Livingston, AL 35470 (click for map/directions)
Link to Facebook event
CENTRAL ALABAMA:
This fifth “assembly” won’t look quite like the others.  We’ll be setting up a booth at Pepper Place Market in Birmingham, where we’ll capture shorter snippets of feedback from passersby, rather than engaging a set crowd of people for a full 2.5-3 hours.  That said, if you shop or sell at Pepper Place (or want an excuse to start), make sure to swing by and see us!

Saturday July 15
7:00am-12:00pm
The Market at Pepper Place
2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233 (click for map/directions)

 

FOOD & FARM FORUM:
In late summer into the fall, our board and staff will chew on all the ideas and perspectives we gather at these events.  Then, we’ll report back to you about what we learned, and what we plan to do about it, at our statewide Food & Farm Forum on Dec 8-9, 2017!  More info on the Forum to follow, but go ahead and save the dates now!

ASAN is your network — ASAN is you.  We hope you’ll join us for these events, and make your voice heard!