The Farmers Market Authority (FMA) is a state agency established to assist in the marketing of agricultural products by providing information, leadership, and modern facilities necessary to move agricultural products from the farm to the consumer. This assures the consumer a better quality product at a reasonable price and a fair return to the producer by providing a convenient, dependable place through which producers and buyers may carry on the process of marketing.
(site is under construction) "The GBCFT works to promote access for all community residents to a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice." (from web site)
Grow Alabama is a statewide community-supported agriculture program working to preserve a vital way of life and to give people access to locally grown, organic produce. GA gives our community a direct connection to the family farms of Alabama. Members not only buy more nutritious, flavorful food, they keep millions of dollars from leaving the state and help preserve a rich farming tradition from vanishing forever. GA will deliver locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, dairy products, even fresh meats to your home, office, or to a central pick-up point near you, from Alabama’s family farms. (adapted from web site)
Jones Valley Urban Farm is a non-profit project in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama that promotes sustainable agriculture and alternative land-use. JVUF has developed three vacant lots into production organic farms working with the neighborhood, high school students, and volunteers. JVUF produce and flowers are sold to local restaurants and at farmers’ markets to partially support the project. (adapted from web site)
Slow Food Birmingham is the local chapter of Slow Food USA. SFU "envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice – in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair." It seeks " to catalyze a broad cultural shift away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and fast life; toward the regenerative cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table, and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life." (adapted from web site)