In praise of Birmingham-area farmers + what you can do to help

Stuart Raburn is a Birmingham-area farmer
Stuart Raburn in a greenhouse at Southern Organics. Photo via Christine Hull for Bham Now

We know this is a challenging time for small businesses, and we wanted to give some extra love to our Birmingham-area farmers. We reached out to six local farmers to find out more about the unique challenges they’re facing during this time and what we can do to support local farmers.

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Small business Monday – spotlight on Jones Valley Teaching Farm Produce Stand

As you make preparations for your  Thanksgiving meal, did you know there is local, seasonal produce, organically grown in downtown Birmingham?  Read  all about the Jones Valley Produce Stand  and teaching farm in this week’s small business focus.

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Emorie Roberts, AmeriCorps worker for Jones Valley Teaching Farm. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now.

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Small Nonprofits Doing Big Things in Birmingham

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Twilight Supper fundraising dinner for Jones Valley Teaching Farm (by Cary Norton)

Birmingham’s entrepreneurs aren’t the only ones changing the city!  Thousands of nonprofits are making their mark on Birmingham and we wanted to highlight some small ones that are doing big things. See how you can get involved today!

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“It’s golden hour” Putnam Middle School Teaching Farm (photos)

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Readus Linton and Mason Jackson – Putnam Middle School 8th graders take a break from building the new greenhouse

When you first enter the Putnam Middle School parking lot off bustling Montclair Road, with a Walmart nearby, the last thing you expect to see is a teaching farm in the back of the school.

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Woodlawn Street Market: A Look at the Locals Revitalizing Woodlawn

Via Woodlawn Street Market’s Facebook Page

Woodlawn Street Market returned for its third year this past Saturday and Birminghamians showed up in full force.  REV Birmingham and the Woodlawn Business association started this fun event as an opportunity for local merchants to meet their customers and showcase their products.  See what I found! Continue reading “Woodlawn Street Market: A Look at the Locals Revitalizing Woodlawn”