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Fountain Heights Farms 2021 Impact Report

It's been an incredibly challenging year, with the continuing pandemic and resulting economic challenges, people in the Fountain Heights community already experiencing poverty had even greater unfulfilled needs.   Our own family didn't escape the financial challenges of this year but were able to make ends meet thanks to the farming and land justice Braiding Seeds Fellowship that Dominique was awarded midyear. Even with our challenges, we remain incredibly grateful of all the support we received and have been able to give, our community, our friendships, and all we have been able to accomplish this year. In 2021 we have grown to four neighborhood-based farm spaces, built an aquaponics learning center with the support of a Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Grant from RAFI-USA,  have distributed 10,802+ pounds of...

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Help us grow the Heart of our Farm💚

Help us build the heart of our farm! Be a part of our next big project!  We are: - adding an ADA accessible bathroom for the farm,  - building a post-harvest wash station that gets us closer to USDA GAP certification. - building neighborhood learning spaces where children and adults can come to learn about farming and the environment, share their wisdom, and nurture our cultural traditions. - creating a shared office for our team - opening a neighborhood Farmer's Market that will serve the needs of the community, AND  - adding a commercial kitchen where community members can come to prepare meals, learn new recipes, safely prepare value-added foods like jams, hot sauce, and other goods that can be...

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Just completed our BeBHM BECOME cohort and I'm excited!

I'm so excited to be among the graduates of the 3rd BeBhm BECOME J.O. Diffay Cohort. BECOME is a 5 month business accelerator program (powered by StartSpark + CO.STARTERS) and and hosted by Birmingham's own Urban Impact that covers key areas of business operations and management. In addition to the amazing program facilitators like Joseph Dees and Jessica Bynum, all of us had direct access to experts in a variety of areas like financial management and marketing. The program consisted of a 12-week (10 sessions) facilitated core curriculum and will be followed by an intensive and individualized 30-60-90 technical assistance period. Why are we doing this? Why is a community-centered farm like ours so interested in "business", you ask? For us it's another way to view our work through multiple...

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Safiya Charles of The Counter wrote an awesome article about aquaponics and We're in it!

With guidance from urban farming and aquaponics leaders like Ricky Davis @ricky_davis_is_sowing_seeds we’re working together to feed our communities, encourage our neighbors to grow their own food, and building a network of Black and Brown farmers here in Alabama. If you would like to support our work here in #FountainHeights #BirminghamAlabama please donate so we can continue our work.https://secure.givelively.org/donate/ourspace-world-inc/fountain-heights-farms-farm-heart. Please enjoy this amazing article from @thecounter  https://thecounter.org/aquaponics-growers-self-guided-course-to-community-improvement-alabama/ "Despite the explosion in interest in farming with aquaponics, there are few places to gain formal training. Aspiring urban growers are instead turning to 'YouTube University,' community knowledge sharing, and building DIY greenhouses and fish tanks by hand."💻+📷: Safiya Charles

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