Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2017

September 21, 2017
Apply Now to Participate in 2018 Summer
Apply Now to Participate in 2018 Summer

The Living Democracy program provides a unique living-learning experience for selected Auburn University students in the summer of 2018. Students are paired with a participating Alabama community for a ten-week experience in civic engagement and community development.

By Rachel Naftel
August 4, 2017
Collinsville teaches lessons about community
Collinsville teaches lessons about community

When I got accepted to be a Living Democracy Fellow, I was excited and nervous to start my summer journey. Although I am from the same area in Northeast Alabama, I was quite unfamiliar with Collinsville. I knew the interstate to Tennessee ran through there. I also had heard a lot about Trade Day, the giant flea market held there every Saturday. But I soon learned there is so much more than that in Collinsville

By Whitney Sutton
August 1, 2017
New Free Little Libraries in Collinsville
New Free Little Libraries in Collinsville

Free Little Libraries arrived in Collinsville this summer. This is a community book exchange program that provides a place for people to take a book someone else has left or leave a book for the next person. Once I started researching how to go about building a structure like that, I realized I was in over my head. I asked Mark Shatzel, another Library board member, to assist me in the construction process, and he agreed to help.

By Whitney Sutton
July 18, 2017
Food hub offers healthy connections
Food hub offers healthy connections

Dr. Frannie Koe, a family physician in Collinsville loves to share her a passion for organic farming and sustainability. In fact, she loves it so much she devoted space in her medical clinic to offer tomatoes, cucumbers and more on Tuesday afternoons. Describing the hub, Koe said, “It’s like a farmers’ market except we match local organic and sustainable farmers with families who want to buy local produce in the community.” 

By Whitney Sutton
July 11, 2017
Granna's Sweet Treats offers cool relief in hot summer
Granna's Sweet Treats offers cool relief in hot summer

In Alabama, you can always count on two things every summer: heat and humidity. A new business in Collinsville, Granna’s Sweet Treats, is now open to provide guests with some sweet relief. On a recent Friday afternoon, it was more than 90 degrees after a summer rain storm. The sun was out, and steam was coming off the mountain in Collinsville, intensifying the humidity. That is when I noticed a bright green sign that said “Granna’s Sweet Treats”.

By Whitney Sutton

Last Updated: May 31, 2017