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NORTH ALABAMA NWIAA CHAIRPERSON

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Corzetta “Cozy” Underwood

Corzetta “Cozy” Underwood
She's a wife, a mother of four adult children, grandmother of five and recent graduate of Oakwood University. She received my Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management in 2019. She have worked for my Alma Mater in various departments; however, She loved working with the Farms department the most. In 2019, she became the Manager of Oakwood Farms. She learned how to cultivate land, till the soil, transplant seedlings and harvest crops.

 

Under the leadership of Oakwood Farms’ Director, she was instrumental with establishing running water to the farm, installing a drip irrigation system, and constructing a wooden deck for triple washing our farm’s produce. This area has 3 sinks, 3 tub basins, and running water, it was given the name “The Sanitation Station”. She conducted an U-Pick in our Berry Orchard for the community, participated in various events within like “Huntsville’s Annual Graze Event” hosted by Alabama Sustainable Association Network. She also participated in the "Green Plate Day" sponsored by Breath of Life & OU Church, where award-winning actress and vegan advocate, Kimberly Elise, was recognized for her championing efforts in promoting a vegan lifestyle.

In 2020, she landed a position as the Community Coordinator for Oakwood Farms, Oakwood Farms Market, and the Oaktree Bistro. She have collaborated with other departments of the University for a charitable fundraising event called “Men in Pink” for Breast Cancer Research and assisted with coordinating setup for the "Mobile Farmers Market Bus" with Healthy Campus 20/20. She managed the Oakwood Farmers Market during the 2020 May-October season. Her upcoming projects are to build a community garden in 2021 and implement her “Field of Opportunity” Curriculum, that will serve as a training module for beginner farmers in North Alabama by April 2022.

ALABAMA NWIAA CHAIRPERSON

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Dr. Debbie Bryant is an Apostle and the wife of Bishop Roger Bryant and Founder of Harvest Tyme Food Ministries, Belle BBQ Corporation and Harvest Tyme TV& Radio Network.  From 1996, these businesses were established, owned and operated by minority Veterans.  Dr. Debbie Oliver Bryant who is a disadvantaged female farmer and has 42 years of traditional farming. Dr. Bryant who grew up in a household where early in her life, her parents, auntie, uncle, and cousin made a great impact in her life as a farmer which caused her to continue as a farmer. Dr Debbie Bryant family is Cherokee and black American that migrate to Alabama in Montgomery, Lowndes and Pike Counties area. Dr Debbie Bryant has served as an advocacy for families and children in the welfare and mental health systems with the ACLU, and The Southern Poverty Law Center assisting as advocate for farmers. A Certify Community Master Trainer with 14 certifications in training for staff and leaders from Pearson Learning.  

Dr. Debbie Bryant 

Apostle Dr. Bryant has a BA in Mediation & Advocacy, M.A.in Mediation & Advocacy Diploma in Computerized office Technology-PHD in Theology, Doctor of Divinity -Pastoral Counselor license. Apostle Dr. Bryant has Coordinated and planned various extracurricular for "at risk" youth & their families, she has developed and Implemented: Teen Farm Summit for youth & families in the welfare & mental health systems, Summer Farm Programs for at-risk youth  with 4H and county Extension Services* Harvest Tyme Network Tv & Radio *App develop to help farmers sale their product*Temporary Crisis Housing program * Youth Farmers and Recreation program for families and youth with disabilities, Assistance in the welfare & mental health systems as an advocate and a mediator in the court systems. Membership: Phi Beta Lambda Sorority (PBL), National Association for the Advancement of colored People ( NAACP), American Legion  Auxiliary Unit 2019 District and unit President, Women Food & AG Network (WFAN), Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN), Farmers Veteran Coalition, Vietnam Veteran  of American, and The Kiwanis  International.  

ALABAMA NWIAA CHAIRPERSON

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Cheryl Bell

Cheryl Ann Bell Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Cheryl has always had a love for animals and nature. With family roots in Rural Alabama, her parents, made sure that she spent many childhood and teen summers and holidays, reconnecting with her family roots.   After her parents’ retirement in 1980, they followed their dream, and  moved back to Al and began  a small farm where a large variety of vegetables, and livestock were grown and raised.  Upon  needed eye surgery for her Father,  Cheryl joined her parents to help with the farm from 1989-1999 before returning to Cleveland.  But in 2007, with the illness of her Mother and fading eyesight/health of her Father, She returned to the Farm.  After the passing of her Mother in 2008, she went back into the Volunteer work, that she loved doing in Ohio… Therapeutic Horseback Riding for special needs children. She decided to put that love and need to use for Children in her new local community. Thus in 2009 she developed “The Young People’s Horse & Garden Club”, which serves low income and At-Risk Youth.

YPHG has introduced youth ages 9-17 to everything from Organic Gardening, Horses, Livestock Care, Natural Resources & Conservation, to Beekeeping, Product creation, and Sales& Marketing, and community service. The youth attend workshops/classes via Auburn Unv. and Tuskegee Unv. Animal Science Programs. Multiple field trips to Local Farms/Ranches, Zoos, and become certified Jr. Master Gardeners. They have Marketed products and earned money via local events with Tractor Supply, The Local Montgomery Country Club, and Churches, and Farmers Markets.

She has been host as a variety  4-H club, and also served as an avenue for Students of ASU to obtain experience, credits and volunteer opportunities. In 2020 when Covid interrupted the country, it also interrupted the ability to carry on as usual, thus the program took great loss in event, volunteerism, and support from the usual sources.

 But as Fate and Faith would have it, she was introduced to Dr. Tammy Steele and NWIAA, where she looks to proudly and humbly serve as a Chairperson for her community and surrounding communities, with the Vision to Rebuild , and expand her 30 acre Farmland into a fully functional “Learning Farm”, that is in Honor of her late parents, Creating the M.L. Bell Teaching Farm, specializing in Honey production, Herbal/medicinal plant production, and entrepreneurial skills.

“I am looking forward to God using me to inspire our youth to be more than consumers, but to  also be producers, and good stewards of the Planet.”

ALABAMA NWIAA CHAIRPERSON

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Audrey Hinson 

Audrey Hinson