21 09, 2017

2017 Food & Farm Forum

By |2019-01-30T03:18:59+00:00September 21st, 2017|Events, Food & Farm Forum, Resources|0 Comments

  The 2017 Food & Farm Forum will take place Friday and Saturday December 8-9 at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL.  The event will start Friday morning and conclude Saturday evening, so participants traveling from farther parts of the state are encouraged to arrive Thursday evening and depart Sunday morning. We'll be posting more information [...]

12 10, 2016

2016 Regional Food & Farm Forums

By |2019-01-30T03:19:00+00:00October 12th, 2016|Eaters and Buyers, Events, Farmers and Gardeners, Food & Farm Forum, Movers and Shakers, Newsflash!|0 Comments

  ASAN's annual series of Regional Food & Farm Forums will convene farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and good food advocates to “cross-pollinate” and learn from one another, in four locations around the state (see below). ABOUT THE REGIONAL FORUMS: The Regional Forums are training and networking events that bring together small-scale and sustainable farmers, gardeners, community [...]

26 09, 2016

Policy Corner: Business Licenses and Sales Tax

By |2019-01-30T03:19:00+00:00September 26th, 2016|Farmers and Gardeners, Food Policy|2 Comments

This is the full-length version of an article that appears in the Fall 2016 issue of the ASAN Update, our quarterly print newsletter.  Question 1 appears exactly as it does in the newsletter.  Question 2 appears in this blog post with additional details that were cut in the newsletter due to space constraints. This is [...]

15 06, 2016

Finding Local Food, Farms, and Markets Near You

By |2019-01-30T03:19:00+00:00June 15th, 2016|Eaters and Buyers, Farmers and Gardeners, Resources, Uncategorized|0 Comments

One of the most common types of questions we get is along the lines of: "Where can I find   {farm product}    near where I live in    {town}     ?"   It's exciting to hear these questions, because it means that customers are wanting local food! Between 2010 and 2013, ASAN produced several [...]

7 04, 2016

New/Expanded Meat Processing Facility to Serve Sustainable Livestock Producers

By |2016-04-07T22:37:48+00:00April 7th, 2016|Farmers and Gardeners|1 Comment

ASAN members Jesie and Matthew Lawrence, who own Marble Creek Farmstead in Sylacauga, have recently purchased a majority share in a USDA Inspected processing facility in Pell City. The facility is currently open and processing swine, beef, goat, and lamb, both under USDA inspection as well as under custom exemption. Matthew and Jesie, along with previous owner Bruce [...]

6 06, 2014

Food Policy Briefing: New Cottage Food Law Went into Effect June 1, 2014

By |2019-01-30T03:19:01+00:00June 6th, 2014|Farmers and Gardeners, Food Policy|0 Comments

By Kristin Woods, ACES Regional Extension Agent Locally grown and produced food is becoming more and more popular across Alabama. Farmers markets have provided small food producers and home processors greater economic opportunity. Because of the costs of meeting food regulations, in many cases the markets have provided the only venue available to a small [...]

6 05, 2014

2014 Farmers Market Season is Upon Us!

By |2019-01-30T03:19:01+00:00May 6th, 2014|Eaters and Buyers, Farmers and Gardeners|0 Comments

Many farmers markets around the state have already opened, and many more will open in the coming weeks. We've compiled the following list of our members' favorite farmers markets around the state and their 2014 opening days -- find one near you! Do you have a favorite Alabama farmers market that's not listed here? Let [...]

18 03, 2014

Join ASAN for a Potluck in Your Community!

By |2019-01-30T03:19:01+00:00March 18th, 2014|Eaters and Buyers, Events, Farmers and Gardeners|0 Comments

Are you a farmer, gardener, or lover of sustainably and locally grown food? You are invited to join the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network for one of our community potlucks, being held throughout the state in the month of April! Get to know other folks in your community who are growing, eating, and supporting sustainable food! [...]

10 03, 2014

ASAN Spring 2014 Newsletter

By |2019-01-30T03:19:01+00:00March 10th, 2014|Farmers and Gardeners, Food Policy|0 Comments

Download the Spring 2014 issue of the ASAN print newsletter today! This issue includes great articles on: Off-bottom oyster farming in the Gulf Basics of soil fertility RAFI's farm advocate program Crash course in silvopasture Gardeners combating community hunger The state of our state's health care North AL Revolving Loan Fund opportunities Food policy briefings [...]

28 06, 2012

Sandra Simone of Huckleberry Hills Farm 2012 Small Farmer of The Year

By |2019-01-30T03:19:01+00:00June 28th, 2012|Farmers and Gardeners, Newsflash!|0 Comments

By Fay Garner, Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS, Auburn, AL Sandra Simone is a Limited Resource Farmer in rural Talladega County, Alabama.   She was one of the first four farmers in the state to become Certified Organic through a project with the Southeastern African American Farmers Network (SAAFON).  She owns and operates approximately 100 acres located [...]

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