Food Security Archive

McElroy House Story Plants

This was first published in ABOUT the River Valley magazine in partnership with the McElroy House. It’s been a while since we posted here on the BDJ, mostly due to the growing work of the McElroy House. The McElroy House and the Boiled Down Juice share a close relationship; The Boiled Down Juice is an idea
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Central Arkansas Delegation for Worker Democracy

The central Arkansas delegation is now safe in sound in Massachusetts at the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy! They’re learning all kinds of amazing things and will be bringing all this knowledge back to the larger community in the near future! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to support getting them there. If you’re
Category: Arkansas

Box Populi and the Delicious Insurgency: A Little Rock Food Trike Cooperative

  A movement toward solidarity economies is growing in central Arkansas.  We asked Kenny Grand of Box Populi to write up some information about the food trike he and several people are working on and learn more about how you can be involved. Box Populi and the Delicious Insurgency, by Kenny Grand Sometimes, the struggle for
Category: Arkansas

A New CSA, Garden Project Update, Pecan Workshop, Caregiver Workshop, and Other News!

Since I first started writing this column back in 2011 I have tried to use this space as both a place to share stories related to local and regional history and location to share information that can help us explore the past with the goal of moving into a more loving future. And by loving
Category: Arkansas

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

In the last column I discussed the recent publication Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. I promised a series of columns on that book, and I’ll be picking back up with those in the following weeks. But this week I’d like to call attention to a film that will be available
Category: African American History

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

Meet the Growers: Violet Bullock

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that for the past year the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action has been working on something we’re calling the Garden Book Project. This book will feature the stories of area growers both old and young. More than just a directory or
Category: Arkansas

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
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

The United People’s Co-Op in Mississippi County, Arkansas, 1969.

Several months ago this column featured some research on the history and origins of the regional organization, ARVAC and the larger, national VISTA program that helped to create programs such as ARVAC. Created in 1965, the VISTA program was part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Throughout the
Category: African American History

“No One Here Should Ever Go Hungry:” Harmony Gardens

We recently wrote about an upcoming workday taking place at Harmony Gardens in Russellville, Arkansas. I had a chance to attend to the workday and learn a bit more about the people operating the garden and the motivations behind their work. Located on two large corner lots belonging to the First United Methodist Church in
Category: Arkansas