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Resource for all ages and all learning levels from novice to professional. Sustainable practices to manage landscapes, urban gardens, and home pests.

What is Home Grounds?

  • The Home Grounds program provides urban residents and small-scale farmers with sustainable practices to manage landscaping, urban gardening, and home pests.
  • Home Grounds has six components to focus learning from water conservation to modern agricultural practices that impact food selection.
  • Home Grounds sessions are flexible and can be modified based on length of time available and intended audience.
  • Single lessons or series can be reserved for school-aged children, adults, residents, and professionals.

What are the goals of Home Grounds?

  • Increase the availability and consumption of local, fresh fruits & vegetables with container gardening, edible landscaping, and raised bed gardening.
  • Show the benefits of gardening in urban spaces and how to garden with limited resources.
  • Promote water conservation, composting, recycling, the use of irrigation alternatives, and other practices that lead to environmental sustainability.
  • Provides risk-assessment education to homeowners to increase knowledge of household hazards like pesticides and cleaning chemicals that adversely impact the environment.
  • Discuss researched-based information on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), modern agricultural practices, food development, and testing to help communities make wise food choices based on scientific facts.

Home Grounds Components

Home Grounds has different lesson components to focus learning from composting & vermiculture to container gardening & rainwater harvesting. We also offer train-the-trainer and volunteer development opportunities. 

  • Food Facts provides researched-based information on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), modern agricultural practices, food development, and testing to help communities make wise food choices based on scientific facts. Click for more info
  • Home*A*Syst provides risk-assessment education to homeowners to increase knowledge of household hazards like pesticides and cleaning chemicals that adversely impact the environment. In addition, crime risks are tackled by using innovative landscaping practices. Click for more info
  •  STEM in the Garden is a teacher training series on basic gardening principles and ways to align the Alabama gardening calendar with a school year calendar. It will also include solutions to common problems associated with outdoor classrooms. STEM in the Garden will strengthen your garden knowledge while maximizing your school garden’s STEM teaching capability. Click for more info
  • Urban Gardens increases the intake of local fresh fruits and vegetables to improve nutrition, raises awareness about GMOs and educates communities about economical gardening in urban spaces. Extension agents are ready to work with individuals, community groups, and organizations on the development of sustainable gardens that conserve water and provide sustainable food sources.  Click for more info
  • Urban Green introduces sustainable landscaping management practices, including green space development, by revitalizing downtown areas and improving the utilization of urban spaces for community aesthetics and health. Click for more info
  • Water Wheels is a 36-foot mobile water conservation laboratory. This mobile lab is available to travel all over Alabama bringing conservation learning in the form of fun activities, gaming computers and a 3-D water conservation game: “Water You Doing.” Click for more info
  • What’s Bugging You – coming soon.

Contact Us

Alabama Extension serves all 67 Alabama counties. If your county isn’t listed below, contact the nearest county on the list or the program specialist in the state office.

State Office, Alabama A&M University
Rudy Pacumbaba, Horticulture Specialist
Office: (256) 372-2466 Email: rop0001@aces.edu

Urban Centers - Home Grounds

CityOfficeEducatorPhone NumberEmail
Anniston

Calhoun County Extension Office

Hayes Jackson(256) 237-1621jacksha@aces.edu
HuntsvilleMadison County Extension OfficeMarcus Garner(256) 532-1578mlg0005@aces.edu
MontgomeryMontgomery County ExtensionRoosevelt Robinson(334) 270-4133robinrl@aces.edu
MoultonLawrence County Extension

Allyson Shabel

(256) 974-2464ams0137@aces.edu

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