North Alabama Agriplex makes progress with Community Hub capital campaign

Pictured left to right are Markus Doering of the North Alabama Agriplex, and Cullman County Farmers Federation President Lee Haynes presenting a $5,000 check to North Alabama Agriplex Executive Director Rachel Dawsey and North Alabama Agriplex Foundation Vice-Chair Matt Kinsland. (Agriplex)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The North Alabama Agriplex recently raised $2,400 with its Grub for the Hub local burger night at Goat Island Brewing, benefiting the community hub capital campaign, “A New Home for the Harvest.”  The leadership of the Agriplex is also celebrating many donations from corporate and community partners.  

“We appreciate the support our community has given us to date and hope more will contribute toward our efforts to expand,” noted North Alabama Agriplex Foundation Chair Amanda Stanton.

Donations given toward the project in May and June 2023 include:

Lora and Jerry Raley$1,000
Spring Auction$3,634.18
Cullman Education Retirees$500
Cullman Jefferson Gas$1,000
Jane Ellison$1,000
Walmart DC Patricia Maze$350
Live Haul$5,000
Michael Graham DMD$1,000
Apel Machine & Supply$1,000
Cullman County Farmers Federation$5,000
Todd Eddleman$1,000
Goat Island Fundraising Dinner$2,636.58
Terry Lowry$500
Nancy and Hans Corser$200
Adams Dentistry$1000
Dr. and Mrs. William Peinhardt$10,000

The Agriplex will continue its fundraising efforts on Thursday, Sept. 14 at its “Harvest to Home” event at Wallace State Community College. From 5-6 p.m., a silent auction featuring unique, local items will run the length of the Dr. William F. Peinhardt Conference Center.  Chef Aaron Nichols and his Wallace State Culinary Pride will provide a delicious local foods dinner. The evening will be emceed by television sportscaster Christina Chambers and entertainment will be provided by Paige Clabo.  The evening will culminate in a live auction with Auctioneer Kent Stanford.  All funds raised will go toward the New Home for the Harvest capital campaign.  For tickets, see in August.

If you or your business would like to contribute toward the capital campaign for the new Agriplex community hub, visit or call 256-297-1044.

To better serve north Alabama and continue the work of Food for Life, the Agriplex is raising $2.3 million to construct a community hub. To be located on its current property in Cullman just off U.S. Highway 278 and I-65, the 8,525 square-foot facility will feature a fully equipped demonstration and teaching kitchen and workspace shared with the Cullman County Extension Office.  The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a county office in all 67 counties across the state. The Extension System relies on cooperation from local county commissions to provide office space from which Extension agents can serve their counties. The support of the Cullman County Commission for the expansion at the Agriplex is also a commitment to provide a home for the Cullman County Extension Office. The Agriplex plans to break ground in late 2023.

Founded in 2000, the North Alabama Agriplex works to preserve agricultural heritage, educate and feed their neighbors and grow a sustainable future.