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.
Gymnetics Fitness is a Black family-owned fitness venture led by Lana and Ellen Ector, an incredible mother-daughter duo. They encourage women who desire to improve their lifestyles, but are hindered by the lack of Black females in the fitness world. The Ectors have been pretty successful and improved their brand to involve a famous fitness DVD series titled ‘Black Girls Workout Too‘ and a fashion fitness apparel line. They have had multiple celebrity clients like Toya Wright and Keisha Knight Pulliam.
25 year old Lana Ector and her youthful 62 year old mom (Ellen Ector) began their journey in 2010 when they launched Gymnetics Fitness studio in Atlanta, Georgia. The discreet studio provides personalized nutrition consultations, customized fitness remedies, and training to anyone prepared to embrace a healthy lifestyle. The duo share over 200,000 followers on Instagram and are famous for the hashtag “snatchitback”.
Gymnetics Fitness has been successful due to their thorough market research, in which they realized that keeping fit was a crucial aspect of everyone’s life. Though, the main factor that keeps this fantastic business going is the couple’s passion for fitness. Their training sessions are crazy fun to help clients enjoy the workout as they witness a transformation in their bodies.
You can learn more by visiting their website at gymneticsfitness.com or you can follow them on social media: