Central Alabama CRAFT Network
What is CRAFT?
CRAFT stands for Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training. The original CRAFT network formed in upstate New York as a way to provide diverse on-farm training and a shared social network for farm interns, apprentices, and employees. The model has been replicated in many other places, and adapted to meet the needs of each particular place.
The Central Alabama CRAFT (like many others) will include farm owners and operators as well as interns, apprentices, and employees.
This effort builds on past efforts to build community and share knowledge – including but not limited to the Central Alabama Farmer Socials, and ASAN’s crop mob workdays and Tailgate Trainings.
Plans for summer & fall of 2019
We will be having four “pre-pilot” events in summer/fall 2019, to begin gauging interest and working out some of the bugs. CRAFT days will consist of a farm tour/workshop and will be followed by a potluck social.
Monday, August 26th – Permaculture @ Walden Farms (Bessemer)
Monday, September 23rd – Cut flowers @ Hepzibah Farms (Talladega)
Sunday, October 13th – Perennial fruit production @ Jones Valley Teaching Farm (Birmingham)
Sunday, November 17th – No-till @ Bois d’arc Farm (Uniontown)
Winter 2019 & beyond
We plan to convene a steering committee this winter to formalize a structure for the group, and plan the slate of events for 2020. Details will be announced as they come together.
For more information contact Laura Núñez at [email protected] or (323)946-3863