the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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sandra simone, rural farmer, jazz singer

Sandra Simone of Talladega County, Ala., is an award-winning organic farmer who used to be a jazz singer in the San Francisco Bay Area. “It took many years for my husband’s words — ‘We need to own our ancestors’ land’ — to click,” Simone said. “All I wanted was to get out of rural Alabama as a teenager. I never thought I’d return, let alone own land and farm it, organically and sustainably.” Read more here

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write your way to a goat dairy


Ever wished and wished and wished beyond all reasonable hope that you could buy an organic farm with good will, passion, and desire? Well, now maybe you can! The owners of Humble Heart Farms, a 20 acre goat dairy in Northern Alabama, want to give their farm (along with its 55 milking goats, 3-bedroom ranch house, $20,000 for start-up costs, and all the secrets of their trade) to the writer of the best 200-word essay.

And, no, this isn’t a dream.

The entry fee is $150 and the contest ends October 1, 2015, at 11:59:59PM Central Time.

Read the official entry rules and view pictures of the farm on the contest website.

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teaching farm fellow


Start Date: March 11, 2013      OR            Start Date: May 27, 2013
End Date: March 10, 2014                        End Date: May 23, 2014

Organizational Description
In 2007, the founders of Jones Valley Teaching Farm transformed three and a half acres of vacant downtown Birmingham property into an urban farm, driven by the singular vision of making our community a healthier place.

In late 2011, Jones Valley Teaching Farm reexamined our opportunities in order to identify ways to increase our long-term impact on young students. Through this process, we decided to both renew and re-define our focus on K-8 education, especially in Birmingham City Schools–an urban public school system.  Jones Valley is now intensely focused on empowering future generations with an education to eat smarter, think healthier—and live better as we develop and deliver innovative and relevant educational programs and services to school communities. As we launch this renewed educational focus, we begin with a measurable goal: to educate 10,000 students annually through our food, science and nutrition education curriculum and programs.   Continue reading

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eating alabama

Eating Alabama is a film about why food matters. What happens when a couple swears off processed, packaged, and prepared foods and instead finds everything they eat from local sources? It’s a story about community, history, sustainability, and relationships. Local eating isn’t just about the food – it’s also about the place.

for more information visit the film blog or Moon Winx Films