The student population of Oakwood University and, by extension, the community of Huntsville, Alabama have been gifted with endless fresh produce. In the fitting words of Ms. Shirley Caesar, “they got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, you name it!” The Oakwood Farms, which was officially opened in June 2020, has a little over 5 acres cultivated with plans to expand to another 40 acres over the next few years. The plan for the farm is to offer seasonal fresh produce which the public can “self-pick,” weigh and pay. They operate on a spiritual premise and are guided by scriptural encouragement to pursue good health. This makes up a core part of the farm’s daily activities.
The farms which form part of the vision 2020 of Oakwood University President Leslie Pollard are integral in the health of the black community. In an interview with local news, Pollard stated that, “Black lives matter, Black health, so does Black finances, so does Black families. All of these elements that make a person whole, they all matter. And so, this is our part of holistic engagement with our community.”
The Oakwood Farms are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays. In keeping up with current world events, customers can also make purchases online by visiting the farms website.