Environment Archive

Here is Where We Must Begin: Water, Drought, and Flowers

This column was originally published in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and it part of a long-standing series with the publication. The banks of the Arkansas river are over flowing. Last week the water went up past the basketball goals in downtown Dardanellle and all the low water bridges have washed out. The wetlands in
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Storm Cellar Stories

  Recently my dear friend Suzanne Alford-Hodges loaned me her copy of the amazing book Garden Sass: A Catalog of Arkansas Folkways. Written in 1975 by Nancy McDonough, this book is much like a regional version of the famed Foxfire series, a combination of folklore, oral histories and photos from around the state. The subtitle
Category: Arkansas

Don’t Kill the Dandelions! Make Fritters Instead. (Yes Fritters)

  Dandelions are popping up everywhere. We’ve been taught they’re weeds, something to be banished from our yards and handled with highly toxic chemicals like Roundup. But they’re actually herbs and they play a hugely important role in our local ecosystems. They’re food for butterflies and bees, those creatures we so desperately need to keep
Category: Arkansas

Running Dry: A Creek Discovery

The Backyard Living column is a regular feature in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and a partnership between this site, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. This column originally ran in the June issue ofABOUT the River Valley Magazine.  All columns in this series are written by Meredith Martin-Moats. Click here to learn
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

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.
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

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
Category: Animals

Rachel Carson’s Birthday, Butterfly Resources, New Column Dates

This column originally ran Sunday April 20, 2014.  This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the death of naturalist Rachel Carson, author of the landmark 1962 book, Silent Spring in which she spoke out about the increased used of chemical pesticide and warned the public about the longterm effects DDT on the soil, the
Category: Arkansas

Respecting Dormancy

  The Boiled Down Juice recently began a new partnership with ABOUT the River Valley Magazine. In addition to regular features for their publication, our editor Meredith Martin-Moats is also writing a monthly backyard living column about regional growing, intergenerational research and conversations, and the intersection of applied folklore and everyday living. This column is also
Category: ABOUT the River Valley Magazine

Pete Seeger 1919-2014

Our site crashed recently and we’re finally getting around to posting recent material. This Seed and the Story column originally ran in late January.  Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger passed away on January 27th at the age of 94. He is known today for his pivotal role in the folk music revival of the
Category: Community Action

Visiting Pine Ridge Gardens

Pine Ridge Gardens is located down a dirt road outside of London, Arkansas. Owned and operated by Mary Ann King, this native plant nursery has been in operation for over twenty-two years and specializes in tree, plant, shrub and grass species native to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. The nursery hosts a few open house
Category: Arkansas