Sustainable Agriculture Network to Hold Work Sessions for Alabama Farmers

Members of ASAN, from left, Margaret Weinberg, youth food and farm forum coordinator; Laura Núñez, administrative and program assistant; Mindy Santo, part-time program assistant and Alice Evans, executive director.

By P.J. Gossett, Staff Writer,

NAUVOO — The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network will have work sessions for statewide farmers at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. The event is open to the public and geared toward farmers, as well as food supporters and gardeners.

ASAN is a grassroots and non-profit organization developed to help farmers and markets thrive and connect through events, field days, scholarship programs, publications and community support networks.

“Farming is not easy,” Mindy Santo, part-time program assistant, said. “(ASAN) wants to make sure these people who are out in the field have what they need to get the job done. If there are no farmers, there is no food.”

Both days will be full-session days. There will be many different areas of learning, including hydroponic growing, shipping containers, fermentation basics, meat processing and Cameron Strouss from Deep Roots Apothecary working with herbs.

“It appeals to farmers, gardeners, those who may be the connector in the community,” Santo said. “For instance, some of our members don’t have a farm, but because they want to eat good food, they’re going to support the organization.”

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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