Animals Archive

Hard and Simple: A Return to Older Ways of Farming at Bright Moon Ranch

This piece was written in partnership with ABOUT the River Valley magazine and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. You can view the original article here.  We write a feature piece each month for ABOUT the River Valley. Want to subscribe to this magazine? Go here.  Your subscription helps support our work! Chicken and hog farms are common in central Arkansas.
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McElroy House to Partner with CAAH (Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage)

This Seed and the Story column originally ran in the Courier newspaper on May 4th, 2014.  If you’re a regular reader of this column you’ve heard a lot about the annual heirloom seed swaps that take place in Pope County each year. Hosted by the the CAAH Organization (Central Arkansas New Agrarian Society), these swaps
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Backyard Living Column: Encouraging Fearless Soil Explorers.

The Backyard Living column is a partnership between ABOUT the River Valley magazine, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. For more information about subscription information to ABOUT, go here.   ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Public schools are increasingly offering garden education programs for children. But for those of us with young kids
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Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology

In April of this year the University of Arkansas press released the book Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology. A collection of writings by Ozark authors both past and present, this compilation features a mixture of both fiction and non fiction pieces and pays homage to the 1981 publication, Ozark, Ozark: A Hillside Reader. Compiled by
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Friday Video: Wild Horses of the Ozarks

Filmmaker David Abberton of Missouri is working on a film about bands of free-roaming horses that make their homes about halfway between Little Rock and St. Louis. Wild Horses of the Ozarks will feature footage of these horses in the wild combined with research and “oral histories of the Ozarkers along the Current and Jack’s Fork
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Arkansas Toad Season

This past weekend we were in rural Yell County near an old horse pond. I saw a rustle in the grass and looked down to see a baby toad no bigger than the size of my fingertip making its way through the weeds. Once I saw one I began to notice them everywhere. The blades
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Turkey Buzzards, Groundhogs, and Other Animal Signs of a Late Thawing Spring

Spring is finally here, but in many places throughout Arkansas the first day of the season was filled with rain, snow, and temperatures dipping well below freezing. In the Ozarks where I spent the first few days of spring, there were snow flurries and icicles hanging from the eaves. Despite what the groundhog said, spring
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Dardanelle, Ola, and Southern Railroad by Clifton Hull

Last week’s column discussed Andy Anders, the River Oaks Press and his book about the history of the Mount Magazine Rural Record newspaper.  In that column I mentioned Ander’s 1997 printing of a section of Clifton Hull’s book Shortline Railroads of Arkansas. Originally published in 1969, Hull’s book explores the numerous small connector railroads that
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Humans, Animals, Land: Camaraderie Birdtown, Arkansas.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column written by Boiled Down Juice editor Meredith Martin-Moats exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and on the Boiled Down Juice. Topics included in
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Friday Video: Vanishing of the Bees

The Friday Video series is a regular feature of the Boiled Down Juice. If you’d like to suggest a video or submit an article, please contact us at the “Contact Us” link above. We’d love to hear from you.  The 2009 release Vanishing of the Bees  is currently streaming on Netflix. Supported by many bee advocates and
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