Over a decade ago, community leaders and members of the Cullman Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee had a vision of a facility that would showcase the importance of agriculture to future generations. In 2000, the Alabama Legislature established the North Alabama Agriplex Board. Its purpose is to educate and create awareness of agriculture in Alabama.One of the longest running programs of the Agriplex is Touring Farms for Kids. The tour introduces 35 children ages 7 to 14 to agriculture related sites in Cullman County and North Alabama. The Agriplex Board often co-sponsors other agriculture events in the community.
In 2012, the board opened the Heritage Center, located on property purchased on Tally Ho Street in Cullman in 2006. The property includes the Red Hill Schoolhouse, which was moved to the site in 2007 and restored with the assistance of the Peinhardt Living History Farm, hardworking volunteers and grant funds.The Agriplex is overseen by a board of directors with deep roots in Cullman and a strong commitment to our mission. We rely or their leadership and guidance as we develop as an organization.
The Heritage Center hosts thousands of visitors each year. Educational programs offered at the Heritage Center include four monthly series: Farm Kid’s Club, Heritage Skills, Living Landscapes, and a Heritage Homeschool program. Summer programs include Garden Day Camps for both elementary and preschool, a Hand Sewing Camp, and Touring Farms for Kids. Additional programming and workshops are offered at the Agriplex Heritage Center with partnerships between local agencies including the Cullman County Extension
In 2014, the Agriplex launched the Food for Life program in an effort to bridge the gap between high rates of obesity, poverty, and food insecurity in the presence of a thriving agricultural industry. The purpose of Food for Life program is to promote nutritious and local food choices and supplement science education in Cullman County
and the surrounding areas. This will be accomplished through the establishment of crop gleaning and farmer’s market coordination, food nutrition classes, Junior Master Gardener programs, and other services.