Food Archive

Building Cooperative Movements in Central Arkansas: Here’s How You Can Help!

Last month Little Rock native Ed Whitfield visited Little Rock for a series of events and conversations around building solidarity economies. The event was organized by Datule Artist Collective, the Women’s Project and, Little Rock Collective Liberation. His public talk, “Blood, Bones, and Dirt,” focused on the long history of slavery and capitalism while also
Category: Arkansas

Ed Whitfield Visits Little Rock: More on the Renaissance Community Co-Op

Last week Datule Artist Collective and Little Rock Collective Liberation hosted an afternoon discussion with Whitfield to drive collective action in central Arkansas and beyond.  A longtime organizer originally from Little Rock, Whitfield gave a talk entitled “Blood, Bones, and Dirt,” which focused on the long history of slavery and capitalism while also offering examples of democratic power building
Category: African American History

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.
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

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

A Mighty Pecan

Native to the southern and central regions of North America, the word itself is derived from multiple Native American languages. According to the Extension Service, Native Americans roasted the nuts, cooked them into bean dishes, harvested their oil and used them as a way to thicken soups and stews. For years pecan trees grew wild,
Category: Arkansas

My First Attempt at Pie-Making

We are really excited about this first piece from new contributor Stacy Johnson. Originally from Arkansas and now living in Pennsylvania, Stacy recently tackled her first pie. Here she shares her thoughts on holidays, pie making, and the importance of connecting across generations.  Growing up in small town Arkansas, less than 10 miles from most
Category: Arkansas

The Beauty of Mustard Greens

  It’s mustard green season, and these cool weather vegetables are popping up in gardens all around the region. Cultivated throughout the south, these leafy greens are related to both collard greens and kale, and were first grown in the Himalayan region of India. Today they are cultivated all across Asia, South America, and throughout
Category: Arkansas

Pies for Pavement Event October 17th: Stories from Pie Makers

Recently this column touched on the importance of regional baking traditions. At the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action, myself and Marie Williams have been working on a series of events highlighting the stories of a few of our region’s local pie makers to be featured in our Pies for Pavement
Category: Arkansas

Voices of Intergenerational Gardening: Grandfather and Grandson Talk Seeds and Harvest on Ozarks at Large

You may recall a recent Seed and the Story column about grandfather and grandson Whitney Wills and Bryan Mader who’ve been gardening together on a small backyard plot in Dardanelle, Arkansas. The column was written in partnership with our sister organization, the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action as part of the ongoing
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