To contact us:

Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Urban Affairs & New
Nontraditional Programs
Dr. Julio E. Correa,
Extension Animal Scientist
Alabama A&M University
P.O. Box 967
Normal, AL 35762

Phone: 256-372-4173
Fax: 256-372-5840

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Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network

AEFSN Programming

The AEFSN will plan and implement educational activities aimed at teaching Alabama small-scale and limited-resource farmers about best management practices to produce a number of ethnic foods such as goat, lamb, cilantro, tomatillo, Caribbean pumpkin, peppers, and eggplant for profit. Through workshops, practical and easy-to-understand publications, and other customized assistance, these educational activities will strive to create a sustainable agricultural network to produce, process, and market safe, locally grown multicultural meats and vegetables for human consumption.

In addition, other educational activities will be designed to engage processors, food service operators and consumers in learning about healthy eating and food safety assurance methods and training programs such as the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system and the ServSafe® Training and Certification program.

The AEFSN will also offer financial management training and nutritional counseling services to educate people, particularly women in low-income communities, about sound financial management principles that will help them save money and shop wisely, while maintaining healthy eating habits.

The AEFSN will plan and implement public awareness campaigns to promote ethnic foods in a variety of settings such as grocery stores, farmers' markets, vendor stands, and mobile markets. Furthermore, through seminars and easy-to-understand publications, the AEFSN will highlight the environmental benefits of raising meat animals on pasture (e.g. healthy pastures reduce runoff and erosion, improve water quality, and increase plant diversity).

Through this network of multiple programs, ethnically diverse neighborhoods around the state can be changed by training their youth to grow culturally-appropriate foods. Gardening education provided through the Junior Master Gardener® Program and other gardening activities for ethnic youth groups can be the first step in the creation of a network of gardens that grow vegetable and herb varieties from their native countries, hence, helping their families maintain a traditional diet and earn extra income.