Author: Rural Studio

Rusty Smith speaks at Georgia Humanities Symposium Feb. 7th

Rural Studio’s Associate Director, Rusty Smith, will be speaking at the upcoming Georgia Humanities Symposium, a national conversation on the public humanities, in the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Ga., on Friday, February 7th.

The event is FREE and open to the public!

Conversations with Rusty Smith and The Do Good Fund begin at 11:45am ET.

Find out more information about the event schedule and how to register here.

Welcome to the Rural Studio Farm blog!

The Rural Studio Farm is all-organic, small-scale, and intensively managed, making use of sustainable agricultural practices. In addition to providing fresh, organic produce for students and staff, the farm has become an integrated part of all the architecture students’ experience coming through Rural Studio.

Bright and early each morning, a group of students works with our farm manager, Eric Ball, in all aspects of crop production, from seed-starting, to transplanting, to harvesting—and finally enjoying the fruits of their labors during shared meals prepared at the Studio. We feel this is important way to better understand the realities of living in a rural place, especially in Alabama’s Black Belt region where the historical and social legacy is etched into the very landscape.

This is the beginning of the second year of food production since the farm has undergone a major reboot, and you can catch all the updates on what is happening right here every week.

Learn more about the mission and history of the Rural Studio Farm here.

Soup Roast & Johnny Parker Memorial Dinner

Soup Roast & Johnny Parker Memorial Dinner | December 6 – 7, 2019

Friday & Saturday: Project Reviews & Tours
Saturday night: Johnny Parker Memorial Dinner

Come celebrate the end of the fall semester with two days of project presentations and tours. Saturday night we will celebrate of the life of our friend and colleague Johnny Parker. Join us for a catfish dinner at Faunsdale Bar & Grill and enjoy hearing stories about Johnny with music and dancing to follow. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP at this link if you’re planning to join us. The full schedule for the Soup Roast weekend is here.

If you’d like to contribute a “Johnny story,” please email us at by December 1st! 1,000 words max!!! We will select a few stories to share at the celebration on Dec. 7. (Please understand not every story will be able to be read at the event.)

See you there!

Come work with us!

We’re hiring for another position in Newbern! We’re looking for a Tech, Academic Trades person to perform various trades tasks and maintenance for the Rural Studio properties and vehicles. The tech will also provide trade instruction to students.

This is a temporary position, which is a great way to showcase your professional skills and assist Rural Studio while gaining valuable work experience within higher education.

Visit for more information on this position or several dozen other job opportunities with Auburn University! War Eagle!