Category Archives: For farmers

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 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 orĀ reserve your spaceĀ 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