“If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest.” -Douglas William Jerold
P.O. Box 317
Coker, AL 35452
Snow’s Bend farm is located in the beautiful, rural community of Coker, AL. You can find produce from their farm at Epiphany Cafe, Tuscaloosa River Market and Homegrown Alabama’s market as well as various restaurants and markets in Birmingham.
Snow’s Bend believes in community-supported agriculture. Every Tuesday in Tuscaloosa and Thursday in Birmingham community members can arrange to pick up their produce.
Q & A with Margaret Anne Snow of Snow’s Bend Farm
Does the farm have any specific connections with students and groups at UA?
We attend the Homegrown Alabama Farmer’s Market on Thursday afternoons April through October. Otherwise, we typically have 2 or 3 classes come out for a tour and hire a few students for the summer.
What unique contributions do you think Snow’s Bend offers the Tuscaloosa community?
Our largest contribution is providing a fresh, healthy, local produce option for consumers. We are also available to answer questions not only about our production methods, but those brought to us by home gardeners looking for tips and suggestions to apply to their own production methods.
This year we are looking forward to getting out into the community more by attending events and speaking engagements, as well as offering more on-farm events open to the community. Whenever possible we like to partner with other locally owned businesses and organizations working to make Tuscaloosa a healthier, more interesting place to live.
In what ways can food build community in Tuscaloosa?
This is a big question. When I think of food issues I tend to see them in 2 categories: the folks that do not worry much about basic needs and have enough money to seek out clean, fresh produce and have plenty of time to prepare healthy, home-cooked meals; then there are those that do not get enough to eat or the food that they have access to is cheap, processed, and unhealty, and they may not have the luxury of time to prepare home-cooked meals or access to fresh, raw ingredients.
I would like to see these two categories brought together and ensure that everyone has access to the raw ingredients and the education on how to prepare meals that are healthy and also taste good. Both Homegrown Alabama and Tuscaloosa River Market will accept SNAP and we accept WIC checks at all of our markets, which is a good first step. The Druid City Garden Project is doing wonderful work in the area of food education and I am so glad that they are able to do so.