Environment Archive

Mayflower Oil Spill, Social Media Resources, and Ways to Get Involved.

This column typically focuses on local history and living community traditions, paying particular attention to the ways in which people relate, directly or indirectly, to the physical landscape of the region. As cleanup continues, people in central Arkansas are trying to make sense of the Mayflower oil spill (which wasn’t actually oil but rather highly
Category: Arkansas

In the Logging Woods: Conversations with Bud Rector and J.L. Martin

Logging has long been an important industry in the state. The timber industry developed rapidly after the Civil War, expanding in all directions from the hardwoods and pines in the Ozark and Ouachita mountains to the hardwoods growing in the river bottoms of the Delta, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. In
Category: Arkansas

Early Years of the Little Rock Food Movement: A Discussion with Nao Ueda and Katy Elliot

The Central Arkansas food movement is growing rapidly. The recent Fresh Guide published by the Arkansas Local Food Network lists over sixty school and community gardens  and urban farms operating in the area and an increasing number of cafes and restaurants serving local food .(To read our piece on the guide click here). What’s especially inspiring is the
Category: Arkansas

Farm to Table and “Southern Foodways as Cultural Memory and Everyday Resistance.”

This post is part of our weekly “The Seed and the Story” series, a partnership with the Courier newspaper and the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History and Community Action.  Did you have a chance to attend the CAAH (Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage) Pope County Seed Swap last Saturday? We had a wonderful time
Category: Arkansas

“It’s Those Who Work in the Sun that Make It Possible for Those Who Work in the Shade” Thoughts on SSAWG.

The annual SSAWG (Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) conference took place last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas. A full three days of lectures, discussions, and dialog, the conference aims to “empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane.”
Category: Community Action

Arkansas Sustainability Network Local Food Directory

The Seed and the Story is a partnership with the Courier and Post Dispatch newspapers in Pope and Yell County, Arkansas. This weekly column explores folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. Columns are often written in partnership with the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community
Category: Arkansas

Intergenerational Gardening with Whitney Wills and Bryan Mader

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier. As part of our ongoing research via the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History and Community
Category: Arkansas

Humans, Animals, Land: Camaraderie Birdtown, Arkansas.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column written by Boiled Down Juice editor Meredith Martin-Moats exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and on the Boiled Down Juice. Topics included in
Category: Animals

Friday Video: Vanishing of the Bees

The Friday Video series is a regular feature of the Boiled Down Juice. If you’d like to suggest a video or submit an article, please contact us at the “Contact Us” link above. We’d love to hear from you.  The 2009 release Vanishing of the Bees  is currently streaming on Netflix. Supported by many bee advocates and
Category: Animals

Stories and Movement from Arkansas and Beyond: Blogging for Human Rights Day, Partnership with the Ella Baker Center

Earlier this month the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights put out a call for writers, site administrators, and bloggers around the nation to come together on Monday December 10th, Human Rights Day, for an event they titled “Blogging for Human Rights Day — a one day blog carnival to shed light on human rights abuses and
Category: Arkansas