Heirloom Seeds Archive

The Seed and the Story: Locally Grown in Pope County

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County (and surrounding areas), Arkansas.    We focus on the local but the concepts are universal.  The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent
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Friday Video: Truck Farm

This week’s video is a teaser from one of the films they showed last week at the Dig In Festival in Fayettveille, Arkansas. Based in Brooklyn, this film chronicles the making of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the back of a 1986 truck, an effort to supply healthy, locally grown food in urban centers.
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Recorded Stories from the Russellville Seed Swap

For the last few days we’ve been posting about the organization Conserving Arkansas Agricultural Heritage.  This week’s Seed and the Story column was an overview of the organization, and this week’s Friday Video, features a trailer from the Seed Swap documentary, produced by Zachariah McCannon, about the beginning of the swaps. Last year I attended the Russellville
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Friday Video: Seed Swap Documentary

This week’s Seed and the Story column looked at the organization Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage (CAAH) and the annual Seed Swaps currently taking place throughout the state.  This afternoon we will be posting a radio piece which will air on KUAF today  profiling voices from the swap last year in Russellville. In keeping with this
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The Seed and the Story: CAAH and Arkansas Seed Swaps

The Seed and the Story is a bi-weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County, Arkansas.   The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media! The Seed and the Story column is just of many features you can
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Seed Swap in Russellville

This past Saturday CAAH (Conserving Arkansas Agricultural Heritage) hosted a seed swap at All Saints Episcopal Church in Russellville. There was a wonderful turn-out of probably around sixty people from the Russellville community as well as folks from Dardanelle and Dover. There were heirloom french melon seeds from a family outside of Dover, Russian Kale
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Seed Catalog Time

If you are like me, you’ve probably starting drooling over seed catalogs in preparation for spring. I’ve been picking out a few things from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog, and I just wanted to pass along the link for anyone who is interested in having one sent to their home. Click here to read
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2011 Arkansas Seed Swaps Co-sponsored by Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage

Do you have save heirloom seeds? Are you interested in learning more about seed saving? CAAH, Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage, will sponsor ten seed swaps around the state of Arkansas beginning the 2nd of February. Anyone is welcome to come to bring seeds to swap and share. If you don’t have seeds to swap, bring envelopes
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Farmer and Seed Advocate Percy Schmeiser on Democracy Now!

Percy Schmesier is a Canadian farmer who has spent decades fighting seed giant Monsanto in an effort to protect regional food systems, heirloom seeds, and farmers’ autonomy against cooperate seed ownership. He is a 1997 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (often referred to as the alternative Nobel Peace Prize), the subject of the documentary
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Garden Practice: Food, Flowers, Research, People.

It’s gardening season here in Arkansas, and both my daily life and research seem to be circling things in bloom. The tomatoes are ripe; the pole beans are taller than me, and the peppers are plentiful. I love coming home from running errands to find squash, zucchini, snow and purple hull peas on my front
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