Members of the NCAT Gulf States Office toured sustainable farms in Alabama recently, in order to show how sustainable farm practices can be implemented on a small scale.
Hosting the tour was Edwin Marty, director of E.A.T. South of Montgomery, Ala.
Marty showed Mississippi FoodCorps members and staff from the Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity office in Jackson, MS, two farms at Montgomery: the E.A.T. South Downtown Farm and the Hampstead Farm.
The Downtown farm demonstrates how even an inner city urban area can successfully be used to grow healthy, nutritious and local food. A Brownfield site, the farm serves two purposes: as a demonstration for safely growing food on a site known to be contaminated with chemical byproducts from an old railroad site, and as demonstration of how to reclaim such land using natural methods (bioremediation).
The Hampstead Farm site is an example of “new urbanism.” It’s a component of a planned community that provides locally grown fresh food for residents.
Here are some photos:
For more on E.A.T. South, see: http://www.eatsouth.org/
Marty has recently completed a book about urban farming in America called Breaking Through Concrete, published by the University of California Press in 2012 www.breakingthroughconcrete.com.
The NCAT Office is happy to help show sustainable farming techniques to civic groups and service organizations in the Gulf States Region, as well as provide expertise and technical information for new and beginning farmers and established farmers wishing to transition to sustainable practices. Contact the Gulf States Office toll free: 866-643-2767.