A Study to Strengthen Local Food Systems in the Little Rock Area

There’s a new project underway in Little Rock  helping to identify the underpinnings of a vibrant, healthy and local food system.

Engaging a diverse group of stakeholders including civic leaders, institutional leaders, politicians, business leaders, food producers, and consumers, the project will engage in participatory research to learn what exactly the city needs to support a thriving local food system.

To this end, the project will include community surveys, interviews, and round tables. The information will then be shared with the community to bring everyone together to work for a more secure food future for the central Arkansas area.

The study is being conducted by Dylan Perry, a Masters Candidate at the Clinton School of Public Service in partnership with Little Rock Urban Farming (LRUF), a community based food enterprise that specializes in the sustainable production and distribution of vegetables, fruits, flowers, honey, eggs and herbs. Chris Hiryak, founder and Creative Director explains, “We are ready to branch out and actively engage the community. Everyone in our community has a part to play in this food movement.”

LRUF is a proponent of food citizenship, “the practice of engaging in food-related behaviors that support rather than threaten the development of a democratic, socially and economically just, and environmentally sustainable food system.”

You may see LRUF conducting surveys at the following locations:

  • Farmers’ Markets:
    • Hillcrest Farmers’ Market – Saturdays 8am-12pm
    • Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market – Sundays 10am-2pm
  • Community Conversations:
    • Fletcher Library – October 20th, 4:00pm
    • Terry Library – November 10th, 10:00am
    • Cox Center – December 15th, 2:00pm
  • Other Events:
    • First Thursday at the Shops at Woodlawn – 5:00-9:00pm
    • SOMA Food Truck Thursdays – Second Thursday of every month, 5:30-8:30pm

Everyone is invited to attend any or all of these meetings. This is a great opportunity to help build the future you want to see.

Feel free to email dlperry@clintonschool.uasys.edu with any questions.


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