Local Food Archive

The Seed and the Story for August 24, 2011: Recipes for Harvest

Originally published in the Post Dispatch August 24, 2011. It’s one of my favorite food times of the year in Arkansas: peach season.  And you can always find the best varieties at locally-grown farmer’s market such as the one we have in Russellville.  Local peaches always taste better, and it strengthens our community and local
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Three Great Events This Saturday!: Juneteenth celebration, an urban homesteading workshop, and a poultry swap.

There’s a lot of great stuff happening tomorrow in Little Rock!   And the great thing is that all the separate events are spaced throughout the day so if you wanted to you can make it to all three!  That’s going to be our goal, so we hope to see you there!   And they’re
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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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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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Know Your Chicken, You Got to Know Your Chicken: Pickin Chicken App for Iphone

Ever heard that song by Cibo Matto called “Know Your Chicken?” Well anyway, there is an Iphone app, sponsored by Mother Earth News, to help you discover which chicken breeds best meet your needs. I love reading about the various ways people are returning to food sufficiency and sustainability while also embracing the tools of
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The Milk of Less Wastefulness

I’ve been posting a lot about local foods and food production these days because I believe supporting local and regional foods is key to a sustainable economy and culture. As a folklorist I am interested in the culture of small-scale growing and how local economies can benefit all members of a community and  how local food
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Visiting with Gardeners Part 1: Sisters Jennifer and Sage

I’ve been spending some time lately visiting with gardeners, asking about not only what they grow but how and why they grow. This is part of a larger research project with Utah folklorist Nelda Ault. We will be presenting our research at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in October. A few weeks
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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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Native Seeds/S*E*A*R*C*H

Just the other day my friend Dr. Kristin Dowell, an anthropologist who works with Native American communities, suggested I look into a project called Native Seeds, a seed bank and cultural memory bank based in the southwest. It am so excited about the information that I had to post about it. Native Seeds Started in
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