Sustainable Ideas 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

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

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

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

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

Thinking About Water: An Update on the LID Workshop

We can’t live without water. We know this, but how often do we consider how our own actions might encourage or discourage healthy waterways for future generations? A few weeks ago the McElroy House Organization worked in connection with the City of Russellville’s Clean and Green Initiative to host a free LID workshop at Russellville
Category: Arkansas

Loving Place, Culture, and Identity: A Recollection of Another Folklore Conference

Contributor Nic Hartmann recently attended the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society and offers this discussion of two powerful presentations, reminding readers what it means to love the local and the importance of translating conferences addresses into everyday action.   Were you at AFS this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts on these talks
Category: Community Action

Learning from the Leaves

Every time my four-year old sons pass a pile of leaves they look up at me excitedly with a lilt in their voice. “Mom, it’s still fall!” they exclaim with wonder as they jump or kick their way through the crunch and squish of the pile. Kids seem to understand the magic of fallen leaves.
Category: Arkansas

Low Impact Design: How Can We Implement It and Why Does It Matter?

This past week I had the chance to speak with Jeffrey Huber of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, an outreach program of the School of Architecture. I contacted the Center to learn more about how everyday people can utilize principles of low impact design and, specifically, what we can do at the McElroy
Category: Arkansas