Show 515 – Blessing of the Fleet

In this episode, we cover a few hundred miles as we travel from the Southern tip of Alabama all the way to the northwestern most corner.

We start down in Bayou La Batre to visit a 70-year-old tradition — the Blessing of the Fleet. Shrimping is extremely important to this small fishing village, and the event allows locals to ask for God’s blessings and protection.

Then we jump from the Gulf to the plains to introduce you to rockstar business owner Stacy Brown. This Alabama chick has grown her business, Chicken Salad Chick, from its first location in Auburn to more than 100 chains across the Southeast.

Even during the summer, you’ll find teachers working hard to improve their classrooms. Nearly 90 educators gathered in Florence in late May for the Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute. During the free three-day program, participants toured farms and received a slew of inspiring ideas about how to incorporate agricultural lessons into their classrooms.

To wrap up the show, everyone’s favorite plant guru explains how eating healthy doesn’t always have to mean filling you plate with greens. There’s a whole rainbow of colors you can grow in your vegetable garden.

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