EAT South

gather. learn. grow

EAT South is an urban teaching farm that engages our local community by gathering around, learning about and growing food. We empower people to change the way food travels from the ground to our plates.

We envision a food system where people can access fresh food from farmers, grow and prepare their own food, and are healthy as a result. We believe that a thriving local food system includes: healthy soil, air and water, profitable farms and other food-related businesses, access to seasonal produce, access to information about growing and preparing your own food, a healthier community, access to land, capital and resources by people previously excluded from food and farming systems.

Last year, EAT South participated in over 50 community events, maintained 37 business partnerships and added 19 new local partnerships; we sustained local school gardens by training 70 teachers through the Sprouts Teacher Training Program and over 200 people attended workshops for families, gardeners and everyone in between; our farm engaged over 400 volunteers that contributed over 1400 hours to continue our efforts throughout the city of Montgomery.

We provide hands-on experiences that give the community actionable lessons that they can apply to their own lifestyles. The farm engages visitors through all five senses, encouraging education through immersion and practice. We encourage access to knowledge on the local food system, farm bills and other government oversight so that citizens can effectively engage in the policies that dictate the food that we consume every day, combat food insecurity and encourage individual sustainability.  

Your support is essential to continuing our outreach and we are so grateful for it.

The EAT South staff & board of directors

 

Meet Your Farmer(s)

The EAT South Staff is proudly made up of three Southern women with a strong vision for the future of urban farming and food policy. Every day we strive to provide a unique experience for everyone that visits the farm and encourage others to dig in the soil and spend time in the sunshine.

 Executive Director

Executive Director

Beth Anne Dunagan

Beth Anne grew up in the beautiful hills of Northeast Georgia. She is a 2012 graduate of Berry College in Rome, Georgia. After finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Government, she served two years as a Teach for America Corps Member where she taught 11th grade US History and AP US History at Lee High School in Montgomery. During her time as a Corps Member, she interned for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in Jacksonville, Florida. Beth Anne is excited about the work E.A.T. South is doing in the River Region to make a positive impact in Montgomery. 

 Farm Manager

Farm Manager

Caylor Roling

Caylor grew up in Troy and is returning after many years in Oregon where she worked with community organizations, farmed and helped farmers market their produce. She's slowly readjusting to the Alabama heat, but is excited to connect with our community around good food and gardening. She is enthusiastic about the many ways the farm can integrate into the life of the city. “I think it fits as a learning space, as a place for people to come and get exercise, and a place to learn about gardening for the city." 

 Good Food Day Coordinator

Good Food Day Coordinator

Amanda Edwards

Amanda has experience working in various food industries. From growing vegetables and raising poultry to educating, cooking and marketing. Amanda has her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and has had the fortune of studying ecology at Whittier College, California and the School of International Training in Quito, Ecuador. She conducted field research in Tana River, Kenya.
While living in Alabama, she has begun to reconnect with her southern roots. She enjoys meeting new people at art shows and farmers markets.

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Meet our Board of Directors

It takes a village to help us grow.  Community involvement is essential to our mission and it's through a team of individuals that we're able to accomplish our mission and core values.

Executive Committee

President, Charles Walters, Bald Brothers Lumber

Vice President, Malin Hill, Pfeffer Torode Architecture

Secretary, Sara Powell, The Fitzgerald Museum

Voting Members

Natilee McGruder, McGruder Solutions

Karen Preuss, Montgomery City-County Public Library

Carolyn Strickland, Food For Life

Bari Levin, Food For Life

Mac McLeod, Montgomery Department of Development

Scott Miller, City of Montgomery

Bob Parker, Dreamland BBQ and Railyard Brewing Co.

Scott Lindley, Max Credit Union

Jimmy Holloway, Fortress Ventures LLC

 

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Gather

The farm is a place that encourages community, and part of our mission is to use this unique space to teach others about how food brings us together. The caboose provides a perfect center point, with a large porch and ample space to take in the fresh air and rich soil that surrounds you. Take a stroll through our children's garden or the raised beds filled with seasonal crops, an outdoor kitchen complete with sinks, grill and a covered area for seating, hear the rooster call and treat the hens to sunflower seeds, or stroll past the bee hives to see them busily buzzing to produce rich Alabama honey. 

Consider the farm for your next event, join us for our annual fundraisers like Fall's Finest Flavors or the Spring Harvest Brunch, or come volunteer with us and learn more about what we do every day.

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