EAT South's farms offer educational workshops and field trips for schools and community groups. We teach such topics as sustainable food production, nutrition and healthy living at both farms and in the community. We also provide education through a Speakers Series that brings the brightest minds to our communities to share examples of healthy living.
EAT South has cultivated a variety of Educational Programs:
Every child in the state of Alabama deserves a Good Food Day! Good Food Day is a fun, educational, hands-on field trip designed for children to experience the entire seed to plate process. Children that participate in Good Food Day engage in planting seeds, harvesting food, and tasting food. Good Food Day is based in Alabama state learning standards and focuses on organic farming, soil, nutrition, composting, chicken anatomy and care, ecology, and plant physiology. The field trip takes place at EAT South’s Downtown or Hampstead Farm and is geared towards grades k-5.
to link to the Good Food Day field trip form. If you have any questions, you can email EAT South’s Education and Community Outreach Coordinator, Mark Bowen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second grade student from E.D. Nixon Elementary: “This is the best day ever!”
Sustainable Food System Class with the Montessori School at Hampstead
Sustainable Food Systems in collaboration with the Montessori School at Hampstead
This collaborative program provides three classes at the Montessori School a weekly hands-on experiential education. Students walk across Hampstead's town square to Hampstead Farms and learn about sustainable farming and food systems. The toddlers have a first-hand experience with their food by touching and tasting food on the farm. The pre-k students begin scientific exploration of the farm and the elementary students conduct hands-on science research on the farm. All the programs focus on bridging the gap between our children and eating healthy fresh food. Follow the daily blog at
A Garden in Every School, a School in Every Garden
Launched in 2012, the ultimate goal of this program is described in the name of the program! EAT South would like to see every elementary school in Alabama have a garden in it, or for every elementary school to be connected with their local farmers. EAT South has partnered with the Druid City Garden Project (Hyperlink to their website) in Tuscaloosa in taking deliberate steps to begin the process of building gardens in schools through our Incubator Program.
School Incubator Program
Every year EAT South offers a grant to Montgomery's elementary schools to have a garden built on their grounds. The school that is awarded the grant will have their garden built by the EAT South Can You Dig It! Summer Youth Employment Program. The following school year the faculty and students at that school return with a brand new garden. EAT South then works very closely with faculty and students over the next three years facilitating hands-on experiential lessons with students in the garden, training teachers on how to conduct standards based lessons in the garden, and organizing the school’s garden committee. After the three years are completed EAT South leaves that school, but provides ongoing assistance. Every year a new school is added to the Incubator Program, and every year a new school graduates from the program.
To learn more about the A Garden in Every School, a School in Every Garden and the Incubator Program, email EAT South’s Education and Community Outreach Coordinator Mark Bowen at email@example.com
Can You Dig It! Summer Youth Employment Program
Can You Dig It! is EAT South’s summer youth employment program. The youth (ages 15-19) have a fun and educating summer by learning about sustainable agriculture, health and nutrition, and workforce development. Youth learn about sustainable agriculture in a classroom environment and also engage in hands-on with sustainable agriculture by working at EAT South’s Hampstead and downtown farm. The youth learn about health and nutrition by engaging in weekly cooking classes with Montgomery’s own, Super Suppers. And youth increase their workforce development skills by learning how to interview, write a resume, and learn good job ethics. Youth also have the opportunity to travel the state to go on agriculturally related field trips to places such as Petals from the Past and Jones Valley Teaching Farm (Need Hyperlinks to their sites).
EAT South piloted last year’s summer youth employment program and saw an exponential increase in the youth’s understanding of sustainable agriculture, health and nutrition, and workforce development through our pre and post assessments and evaluations of the youth. EAT South offers continuing help to all of our graduates by assisting them in job placement, enrolling in college, or through any other opportunities the youth want to pursue.
Can You Dig It! Is like nothing else in Montgomery. During a time when 1 out of 6 children are obese, and children do not have a basic understanding of where their food comes from, Can You Dig It! Fills a void in a state with a rich history food culture. You can support Can You Dig It! by clicking on the ‘Donate’ tab at the top of the webpage. If you have any questions or concerns about Can You Dig It! feel free to contact EAT South’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Mark Bowen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.