5 hours ago
Meet beth anne dunagan, executive director of eat south, @eatsouth
alabama “eat south is a nonprofit teaching farm that engages our local community in montgomery, alabama by gathering around, learning about, and growing food. we grow food as an effort to practice what we preach and strive for what we believe in, which is a food system where people can access fresh food from farmers, grow and prepare their own food, and are healthy as a result.
personally, i was attracted to this work because of its mission and potential to impact our community around a very important issue: food. working for eat south gives me a platform to educate others about our food system while inviting them to come see our ecosystem at the farm. i love being able to connect with the earth and see the connectedness of everything through the life cycle of our plants and animals.
we have 6 acres of land with 1 acre developed. however, we are farming on an old train yard and our soil is toxic so we have to grow everything in raised beds with soil we sourced from a local company. we have 25 4x20 foot beds, 25 round culverts, 3 4x12 beds, 7 4x10 beds, and a greenhouse. eat south operates with 2 full time staff and 1 part time staff.
we have monthly workshops and potlucks at our farm. we have a seed swap planned for february and we attend community events and give away seeds and plants and conduct cooking demonstrations.
it's so important to know the process your food went through before you purchase or eat it. asking questions about where it came from and who managed it and how were they treated is just as important as reading labels and considering nutritional components.
it is extremely rewarding to see the impact in the community. we've had families begin gardening or raising chickens simply because of experiences they or their kids have had at our farm. that shows me that our work is important and working.”