This Saturday I had the privilege of visiting Greensboro, AL, home of Pie Lab and Rural Studio. Why post it on a bike blog? Well, we rode bikes for part of it and frankly, I had a good time and wanted to share it with you all. We work so hard to change Alabama, but there are beautiful things already happening that people should know about.
We packed up the bikes and headed out for the 1.5 hour drive to Hale County. Our first stop was the Pie Lab. What is the Pie Lab?
PieLab, an initiative of Project M, is focused on community development and engagement in Hale County, AL.
PieLab is a welcoming community space on Greensboro’s Main Street that provides delicious pie and coffee, as well as retail and hospitality job training for local youth through the YouthBuild Program. More than simply a pie shop, PieLab operates as a community design center focusing on community development projects and small business incubation in Greensboro and the surrounding five counties.
From their website, mmm.pielab.org
I walked in and noticed one thing: BIKES! They were all over the place. After talking a bit, they mentioned that they wanted to start a bike collective and needed some help. hurrah! We exchanged cards and ideas, ate some killer pie, visited a bit and then set out.
For the next hour we drove through Hale County to see the Rural Studio projects. It was inspiring, to say the least. Oh, did I mention that our tour guides were one past and one present Rural Studio students? Yeah, that was awesome.
After the car tour, we parked back at Pie Lab and 3 of us took our bikes and toured the buildings in Greensboro. It was a blast, seeing the inspiration and work of hope-filled, talented folks. If ever in Alabama, I highly suggest you check both out. A sweet, inspiring day spent with new and old friends. A good day.
For the full set of photos, check it out here. Thanks to everyone at Pie Lab, Rural Studio and the awesome folks we let me tag along!