About Me

Edwin Marty is the director of EAT South in Montgomery, Alabama. Before returning to his home of Alabama to start urban farms in Birmingham and Montgomery, Edwin earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and completed an “Apprenticeship in Agroecology” from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He went on from UC Santa Cruz to work on sustainable farming projects around the world, including Mexico, Mongolia, Australia, and Chile. He also worked as an instructor for the Outward Bound School for four years in Northern Washington.


Returning to Birmingham in 2001, Edwin worked for Southern Living Magazine as a garden writer while establishing Jones Valley Teaching Farm, a non-profit farm in the heart of downtown Birmingham. In 2011 Edwin accepted a new position with EAT South in Montgomery. Edwin is currently assisting with the development of the organizations two acre farm in downtown Montgomery, youth education programs, and the development of a state-wide food policy council.


Edwin has consulted on numerous urban farm projects around the country, is the current Board president of the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, and has recently completed a book about urban farming in America called Breaking Through Concrete, published by the University of California Press. He is married to the mixed-media artist Andrea Buchanan Marty and has two daughters named Edie Rains and Tallulah May. They have a dog named Rooster.

Author of Breaking Through Concrete, an Urban Farm Revival


Former Garden Editor at Southern Living Magazine


WHY Hunger Food Security Learning Center


Dynamic Public Speaking

• Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group conference

• Georgia Organics conference

• TEDx Dexter Ave

• Universities across the country

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