Via the North Alabama Food Policy Council:

 “Local Farmers Speak: the Opportunities and Challenges We Face”

Panel Discussion

August 16th, 2011 at 5 pm

320 Fountain Circle

City of Huntsville Engineering Building


Here’s a chance to know your farmer, know your food! The North Alabama Food Policy Council steering committee is hosting a panel of local farmers and ranchers who will share the opportunities and challenges they face bringing locally grown foods to market. Panelists include:


Ed Rains, whose family farmed in Jackson County starting in the 1900’s until national agricultural policies and the S&L banking crisis impacted his family farm in the 1980’s.

Joey Dye
, whose family farms 25 acres in Madison County of vegetables ranging from purple hull crowder peas to patty pan squash. They sell directly to consumers at the Madison County Farmers Market and family-run farm stands.

Henry Fudge of Fudge Family Farms raises heritage Duroc hogs – perhaps the only ones of their type still in existence today. Fudge raises his livestock outside in open pasture and sells to esteemed Alabama chefs including Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar & Grill and James Lewis of Bettolla. He also sells to local restaurants including The Ledges and Pauli’s Bar & Grill.

Don Spencer, is transitioning some of his land holdings – 75 acres out of commodity (corn and soy) production to local foods.  His innovative plans include operating a regional food hub, an education initiative and on-farm restaurant.  

Dairus Jacobs, whose family has been farming for over 100 years despite multiple moves due to eminent domain. The family operates a diversified farm raising grass fed Black Angus while experimenting with Indian vegetable staples and aquaculture.

A brief North Alabama Food Policy Council Steering Committee meeting will follow the panel discussion.  All are welcome.


The North Alabama Food Policy Council Steering Committee is a grassroots coalition of citizens dedicated to the development of a chartered Food Policy Council in North Alabama to aid and advocate for a locally-based, self-reliant & sustainable food system accessible to all. “