Cultural Sustainability Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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