Family Archive

Culture. Community. Cooperation: 3rd Annual Urban Raw Festival!

When: September 12th, 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Where: Dunbar Garden, 1801 W. Chester in Little Rock. There is a growing co-op movement in Little Rock, and much of it is headed up by the brilliant women on Solfood Catering. They’ve been hosting the Urban Raw Festival for a few years now, and each year it has
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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
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Something for the Kids: Simple Salt Dough

  Here’s a little something different for this week’s column. Hope you enjoy it! We all know how commercialized the holiday season has become. And while a focus on materialism saturates our society, I have yet to meet anyone who actually approves of society’s focus on Christmas as a time to engage in massive spending
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River Valley Quilters: So Much More Than Sewing.

  This piece was originally published in the December issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine. Go here to see the original publication.   Quilting is often thought of as a traditional art, but anyone familiar with the craft will tell you that it’s alive and flourishing. Implementing the skills of former generations with modern tools,
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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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Prayer Shawls and Homemade Quilts

  In the corner of my living room closet is a stack of handmade quilts, blankets, and throws. Some of them come from great grandmothers and were made generations ago in the rural areas of Harkey Valley and Cardon Bottoms. Others were made during my own lifetime in small homes in the growing town of
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Holding on to Heritage: The Oates’s Century Farm

  This story originally ran in the May issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine in partnership with the Boiled Down Juice and McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action.  Jean and Charles Oates live in Pottsville on large patch of farm land that’s been in Charles’s family since his ancestors first arrived from Gastonia, North
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Parenting Resources and Birth Options (Partnership piece with the McElroy House)

This story originally ran in the May issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine in partnership with the Boiled Down Juice and McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action.  In many ways becoming a new parent (or even becoming a parent for the third, fourth, or fifth time) can feel like navigating a complicated maze.
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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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Womens’ Stories, A Midwifes Tale, and Intergenerational Listening

Back when I was an undergraduate at UCA, one of my history professor’s required us to read the Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary 1785-182. The book later inspired a PBS series of the same name. Published in 1990 by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the
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