Vision

As an effort in localism, Opelika Grows seeks to model an approach to civic engagement that relies on local capital and capacity to address local needs. School reform, hunger relief and city beautification are not specific to any one city but every city has the potential to leverage the learning potential of gardens in service of community need.

Mission

Opelika Grows installs gardens (and programming) in service of locally identified needs.

What We Do

Built upon the history of Alabama agriculture to sustain its citizens, Opelika Grows began in 2012. We install and maintain gardens, as well as provide related programming. Our gardens serve as outdoor classrooms, allowing children and adults to pursue life-long learning and civic engagement.

Board of Directors

Opelika Grows is a partnership of Opelika City Schools, Food Bank of East Alabama, Keep Opelika Beautiful, Inc. and Auburn University. The Board of Directors includes representatives from each of our stakeholders and legal counsel:

Sean Forbes

Executive Director

Auburn University

Laura Hartley

Opelika City Schools

Tipi Miller

Keep Opelika Beautiful

Elsie Lott

Community Market

Food Bank of East Alabama

Team Members

J.B. Harris

Eric Hogan


Students and Faculty

Southview Primary

Mary Patton, Principal


Students and Faculty

Northside Intermediate

Laura Hartley, Principal


Students and Faculty

Opelika Middle School

Keith York, Principal


Students and Faculty

Opelika Learning Center

Steve Carson, Principal


Students and Faculty

West Forest Intermediate

Pam Fourtenbary, Principal


Students and Faculty

Morris Avenue Intermediate

Nino Mason, Principal


Horticulture Club

Auburn University

Jay Spiers, Ph.D-Advisor


Collegiate FFA

Auburn University

Brian Parr, Ph.D.-Advisor


K-12 Pre-Service Teachers

Auburn University

Sean Forbes, Ph.D.-Advisor