Homegrown Hope

Agriplex to give free raised garden beds, more to 30 lower income families

The North Alabama Agriplex (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. –  The North Alabama Agriplex, a local nonprofit dedicated to education and promoting Alabama’s agriculture and future sustainability, on Thursday announced its new program Homegrown Home, through which it will provide 30 lower income families with free raised garden beds, ongoing gardening education and tools of the trade in early 2021.

The Agriplex recently wrapped up its United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box pickup service program in which it partnered with local farmers and several food bank agencies to provide fresh foods to community members in need.

Agriplex Homegrown Hope Director Julie Kelly said, “This first launch for Homegrown Hope is exciting for us. Who knows? Maybe next year we can provide two or three times as many garden beds and plants in more locations!”

COVID-19 has forced many businesses, nonprofits and other agencies to rethink and develop new ways to accomplish their goals. The Agriplex is stretching out in new directions to keep serving and educating Alabamians from a safe distance. To accomplish this new endeavor, the Agriplex is partnering with Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers and Valleys RC&D Council, the Cullman County Extension Office and Alabama Master Gardeners. 

To apply to participate in the Homegrown Hope program, visit https://bit.ly/3n9iBZP.

The Agriplex is located at 1714 Tally Ho St. NW, Cullman.

About the North Alabama Agriplex: https://agriplex.org Over a decade ago, community leaders and members of the Cullman Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee had a vision of a facility that would showcase the importance of agriculture to future generations. In 2000, the Alabama Legislature established the North Alabama Agriplex Board. Its purpose is to educate and create awareness of agriculture in Alabama.  The Agriplex Heritage Center has been educating adults and children alike on local agriculture and getting fresh local produce into the community since 2012.