TekLinks’ founder Stuart Raburn gets back to entrepreneurial roots with latest Southern Organics aquaponic farm (photos)

Stuart Raburn, founder of Birmingham tech company TekLinks and owner of Southern Organics in a greenhouse of his aquaponic farm in Colombiana. Find out more about Raburn and his life-long entrepreneurial journey, and how his successes from a fast-paced life in the tech world transpired to a small farm operation nestled deep in Shelby County, Alabama.  (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Stuart Raburn, founder of Birmingham tech company TekLinks and owner of Southern Organics in a greenhouse of his aquaponic farm in Columbiana. Find out more about Raburn and his life-long entrepreneurial journey, and how his successes from a fast-paced life in the tech world transpired to a small farm operation nestled deep in Shelby County, Alabama. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

At Southern Organics, Stuart Raburn and his small but mighty staff grow Birmingham’s freshest supply of tilapia and all natural produce. How did this Birmingham entrepreneur maven shift from launching high-tech firms to high-end farming? Here’s what we found out on our behind the scenes tour at his Columbiana farm.

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Before I die I want to _____. Here are your responses to the new Birmingham mural on Morris Ave plus how you can help paint the next one

Leave your mark on the Morris Avenue mural! Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

A new mural popped up this week in Birmingham and quickly stole the hearts of everyone who saw it—ours included.

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11 ways to celebrate Earth Day every day in Birmingham this month

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“Darter Fish Sticks” by students from Casey Gillespie’s art class at The Altamont School. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Earth Day was established 49 years ago on April 22, 1970.  Today, nearly five decades later, in Birmingham, we do not only commemorate Earth Day, but the entire month of April as Earth Month.

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Discover Shooting Stars and native plants on Birmingham’s Ruffner Mountain this Spring

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Ruffner Mountain’s executive director Carlee Sanford discovered 1980s Nature Preserve newsletters called the Shooting Stars. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Just after she became Executive Director for Ruffner Mountain, Carlee Sanford unearthed copies of the organization’s first newsletters from the early 1980s. The name of the publication?

The Shooting Star.

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How volunteers power the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens 50th Anniversary Spring Plant Sale on April 12-14

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Betty Anderson, a Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens volunteer, tends to plants destined for the Spring Plant Sale. Photo submitted

When the big white tent goes up at Brookwood Village, it means one thing. Time for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale. Find out how 400 volunteers bring this plant extravaganza together, plus why the Preview Sale on April 11 is a hot ticket.

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Birmingham River Heroes honored at Alabama Rivers Alliance annual river celebration

Coosa Riverkeeper’s Justinn Overton, Frank Chitwood and Karli Riley. Photo by Charles Miller.

Earlier this month, the Alabama Rivers Alliance recognized leaders from Birmingham and across the state at their River Celebration Awards Banquet as part of their annual Alabama Water Rally conference.

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More floods in Birmingham this spring? Here are tips on keeping your photos and valuables safe in your basement

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We spoke with Phillip Neal, Realtor Support at AFS- A Bayless Company about how to protect property in your basement given the potential flooding risks in the coming months. (Photo via AFS, A Bayless Company)
We spoke with Phillip Neal, Realtor Support at AFS- A Bayless Company about how to protect property in your basement given the potential flooding risks in the coming months. (Photo via AFS, A Bayless Company)

People in Birmingham are trying to dry out from our overly wet winter.  Now, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting historic flooding throughout the 2019 spring season. Do you know how to protect the valuables in your basement?  Get tips on what you can do now keep your property safe and dry with the help of local experts from AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, A Bayless Company.

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Birmingham, get bendy with Goat Yoga BHM

Introducing the Cat/cow + goat pose.
Introducing the cat/cow + goat pose. (Photo via Goat Yoga BHM Facebook)

First, we had cat yoga. Then, we had happy hour yoga at local breweries. Now we introduce to you… Goat Yoga BHM, Birmingham’s first ever goat yoga experience! Find out where you can zen out on the farm and practice your poses with the cutest head buttin’ goats around.

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UAB Polar scientist Jim McClintock honored by Explorers Club, along with 10 Apollo astronauts

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UAB’s Dr. Jim McClintock, a world expert on marine chemical ecology and drug discovery in Antarctica, was awarded the Finn Ronne Memorial Award by the Explorers Club on Saturday evening, March 16th in New York City.

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18 wheelchair accessible parks and trails in and around Birmingham

Wheelchair accessible parks in Birmingham help everyone enjoy the outdoors.
My sister Karon and one of her sons enjoying the flowers at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo by Joel Bullock

People need wheelchair accessible trails and parks for different reasons. Whether a wheelchair is a permanent or short-term feature in your world, we know you want to get out and about. Especially since Spring is now here! So, we put together a list of places you can go to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Run the track at the first ever Indy 5K race at Barber Motorsports Park April 5th to kick off the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Amfirst. Register now!

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There’s more than one kind of race happening at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst this year! Run the track at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. (Photo submitted)
There’s more than one kind of race happening at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst this year! Run the track at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Photo submitted

Registration is now open for the first-ever Indy 5k race Friday, April 5 at the 10th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. If you’d like to get up close and personal with IndyCar drivers, this is a great chance to do just that! Several drivers plan to lace up their running shoes after racing Friday to take part in the 5k on Barber Motorsports Track.

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3 spring walking tours with Vulcan Park and Museum you don’t want to miss

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Find out the past and future of Avondale in Birmingham at the Vulcan Park and Museum spring walking tours. (Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now)

Curious about the history behind some of Birmingham’s hottest areas? Want to know more about what the future holds for places like Five Points South and Avondale? You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Vulcan Park and Museum’s three-part walking tour series.  Find out more.

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