Gardening Archive

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
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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
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Dig In! Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas This Weekend.

It’s the time of year for seed swaps, garden plans, and discussions of small-scale agriculture If it seems like our site has become a bit-food centric these days it’s just because we believe that building local food systems is, at the very least, a potential step in the right direction towards more just and democratic
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Upcoming Russellville Seed Swap and Film Showing

It’s getting close to spring planting time, and many of you are probably readying your garden beds and ordering seeds. If you are a seed saver, perhaps you’re taking stock of what you gathered from last year’s harvest. Both experienced and beginner gardeners are invited to attend the Russellville Seed Swap Saturday February 23rd from
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Get Involved: Gleaning in Central Arkansas

A few weeks ago we posted about opportunities for gleaning for foodbanks in central Arkansas.  After an initial meeting, small-scale growers and volunteers are coming together to organize a network to produce and harvest locally-grown food for area foodbanks.  In most cases gleaning is something down on large-scale farms. But it can be done on small-scale farms
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Arkansas Seed Swaps Begin this Weekend!

This weekend kicks off the first of several Arkansas seed swaps taking place around the state. The first one will take place February 9th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Yellville. Initiated by Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage, these seed swaps bring together gardeners and anyone interested in heirloom seeds to talk plants, trade varieties, and make connections.
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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
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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
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An Intergenerational Story of Green Tomato Pie

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 and on the Boiled Down Juice site. Topics included in the column are often also associated with
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Growing and Gleaning for Food Banks in Central Arkansas

Hunger is a problem throughout the United States, especially in Arkansas which ranks third in the nation for instances of food insecurity. Access to fresh food is especially difficult for people in low income communities who may not have access to grocery stores providing a regular supply of fresh food. And many fruits and vegetables
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