ACES Beekeeping Symposium, February 6, 2016

Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be holding its annual Beekeeping Symposium February 6, generic 2016, help in Clanton. More information is available at


New publication helps guide farms and food business through regulatory maze







FInally, we’ve published our overview of the regulations and requirements for farmers, ranchers, and food businesses that are direct marketing or adding value to their products.

Small Farms Resource Guide now online

Resourceguide_2014We’ve finally got the Alabama Small Farms Resource Guide, a booklet that connects producers to the many resources available for small farmers in the state. We’ll get a more interactive version online soon.


Starting Up a Food Business – now in Florence on the 15th

Alas, we have decided that we won’t have a critical mass in Decatur on the 8th. Sorry for the inconvenience! If you are still interested in the training, the Shoals Culinary Center is hosting another in Florence on the 15th.  Check out the details. Or give them a call and schedule a time to talk about your specific product – 256-760-9014.


Starting Up a Food Business workshop March 4 in Huntsville – relocating to Biztech

Thinking about starting a food business with a favorite family recipe or vegetables from your garden? We’re bringing our favorite kitchen incubator team from Florence for a workshop on Tuesday, March 4th, on how to fire up your own culinary enterprise.

The Shoals Commercial Culinary Center has been helping entrepreneurs get started with their food-related businesses for over 20 years, coaching new businesses and providing space in a certified kitchen. Learn from Giles McDaniel, Executive Director, and chef Kevin Kilburn about the regulations for production and packaging, marketing ideas, and steps to getting your business off the ground. More about the Shoals Culinary Center is available at

This event, open to the public, is hosted by Rosita’s Farm and friends, including the Alabama A&M Small Farms Research Center, Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, the Food Bank of North Alabama, the North Alabama Revolving Loan Fund, and the ICE Lab at the College of Business Administration at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

THE VENUE HAS CHANGED! We’ll be at Biztech, 515 Sparkman Dr NW in Huntsville. It’s across the street from UAH. We’ll open the doors at 5:30 and get our speakers on at 6 pm.

The cost is $20 per adult; children are welcome and free. Register online or reserve your space at 256-520-2400 or

Good Agricultural Practices training, January 23 in Hartselle

We’re hosting a live GAP inspection at the farm on January 23. Come on over and see Jonathan Austin from Americert grill Karen on her farm food safety practices. We’ll have a valuable discussion of how to think about the potential sources of contaminants on the farm.
The training is sponsored by the North Alabama Farm Food Collaborative and its partners. Click on the flyer below for more information. Hope to see you there!
Jan 23 2014 GAP flyer FINAL

Start filling up your new calendar with classes, workshops, and fun events

Hey all – this is what Rosita’s and friends have in the works for this year – links and other details to be added as we know them!

Jan         15           Garden planning and cost effective gardening, Madison County Preppers’ monthly meeting, Huntsville.  6:30pm at the Madison County Library.  Oriented toward backyard culture for novices.

Jan         15-18     SSAWG conference, Mobile             

Jan         23           On Farm Training: Meeting GAP Standards, Rosita’s Farm, Hartselle

Jan         31           Tennessee Valley Community Gardening Association’s 2nd Annual Seed Celebration, Huntsville

Feb       1               19th Annual ACES Beekeeping Symposium, Auburn   334-844-4450

Feb        7-8          Al Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference, Auburn

Feb       21-22     Tennessee Organic Growers Association Conference, usually around Nashville

Feb        21-22     Georgia Organics Annual Conference, Jekyll Island

Mar       1            Streaming of TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, multiple locations

Mar        4              Starting a Food Processing Enterprise with the Shoals Culinary Center, Huntsville

Mar        15          On-Farm Training: Tractor and Small Engine Maintenance at Rosita’s, Hartselle

Mar        29            Tennessee Valley Women in Agriculture’s Farm and Fleece Day, Huntsville

Apr         5-6          North Alabama Farm Tour

May       10           Celebrate Growing HSV 5k and Healthy Huntsville Event, Huntsville

May      11           2nd Sunday Potluck – rotating locations

May       TBD        CASA Community Garden Dinner, Huntsville

Jun         8              2nd Sunday Potluck – rotating locations

Jun         TBD        Tennessee Valley Community Garden Association Open House, multiple locations

Jul           13           2nd Sunday Potluck – rotating locations

Aug        10           2nd Sunday Potluck – hosted by Tennessee Valley Women in Agriculture

Aug        TBD        Farm to Table Dinner at Nativity

Sept       14           2nd Sunday Potluck – rotating locations

Oct         12           2nd Sunday Potluck – rotating locations

Nov        TBD         ASAN Annual Forum

Grand Unveiling and Upcoming Events

Hello all and welcome to the newly minted!

We hope to provide you all with some great information about our farm and the great food we are growing as well as introducing you to the community of local and sustainable food organizations and events that are here for your enjoyment and education. And what better way to kick off this site than with some of the fabulous opportunities to gather and learn coming up throughout the rest of this year. This is a general list; more information about each event will be posted as they get closer, so keep your eyes here!

Logo for Second Sundays

Second Sunday Potlucks – Free and open to the public.
4-7 pm, the second Sunday of each month from April to November
We invite farmers, gardeners, and good food lovers to join us each month to learn about small-scale farming and share a dinner with old and new friends. Come at 4 pm for the learning session or 5 pm for the potluck.
Save the dates!

    August 11– This week includes a showing of The Greenhorns
    September 8
    October 13
    November 10

August 11. Huntsville. Local Foods Dinner at Nativity. 5-7 pm.

August 17. Meridianville. Ethnic Vegetable Production Workshop at the North Alabama Research Station.

August 22. Organic Consumer Outreach meeting. Birmingham.

August 24. Cullman Farm Festival. Farm Y’all

September 24. Annie’s Project training. Blount County.

October 9 (tentative). ASAN Regional Forum.

January 15-18. 2014. Mobile, AL. Southern SAWG Annual Conference.