Who We Are

Homegrown Alabama is a student-led group at the University of Alabama that seeks to educate students about the value of local produce, as well as to foster partnerships between local farmers and the University of Alabama.

Our partners include: Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, Alabama Farmers Market Authority, UA Office of Community Affairs, Students for Sustainability, and the SGA Department of Environmental Concerns.

One of the great reasons to shop at a farmers market is to know the person who planted, tended and harvested your food. Our goal at Homegrown Alabama is to facilitate relationships between local growers and the community they feed–which is to say, us. This seems important in an era when, as Virginia farmer Joel Salatin has observed, we put more energy into choosing who will fix our cars than who will grow our food.

We at Homegrown Alabama want to know that what we put on our plates is being grown in ways to improve the health of the soil, so animals and plants can continue to be productive for our grandchildren’s grandchildren. We want to eat fruits and vegetables in season because they’re fresher, healthier and far tastier, and the variety keeps eating interesting. We want to know where our food is coming from, and we want you to know, too.

What we do:

Since 2005, we’ve been working to incorporate Alabama-grown produce into student meals at the University of Alabama. To that end, we have been working with the university administration, Bama Dining, the Alabama Farmers Market Authority and student groups in an effort to streamline the processĀ of making locally sourced produce readily available to University of Alabama students, and the Tuscaloosa community at large.

The market:

The weekly summer farmers’ market begins in mid-April and continues thru October, every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. The market is located at Canterbury Chapel on Hackberry Lane between Bryant Drive and University Blvd.
For more information about Homegrown Alabama, how you can get involved or how we can improve the market, please contact homegrownalabama@gmail.com.