The Seed and the Story Archive

Meet the Growers: Violet Bullock

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that for the past year the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action has been working on something we’re calling the Garden Book Project. This book will feature the stories of area growers both old and young. More than just a directory or
Category: Arkansas

Trail of Tears 175th Anniversary

Earlier this week the Cherokee Nation marked the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the final group of Cherokees into what is now the state of Oklahoma Arriving on March 24, 1839, this final detachment marked an ending to the Trail of Tears. According to historians, the term Trail of Tears most likely originated with
Category: Arkansas

Created Equal Film Series

Arkansas Tech University, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, is hosting a film series entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Two films have already been shown—Slavery by Another Name and The Loving Story-–but community members still have an opportunity to catch the final two films before the series ends on April
Category: African American History

Rosemary Recipe to Welcome Spring

This time last week you were probably reading the paper a bit blurry-eyed and extra sleepy after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time. Springing forward sixty minutes is strangely staggering to the schedule. Hopefully by now we’re all starting to settle in to the longer days and enjoying the extra time to
Category: Arkansas

Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears

While doing some research on local Cherokee history this past week I was reminded of a University of Arkansas Press publication from 2005 entitled Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears: The Journey of an Installation. Written by artist Pat Musick with help from Jerry Carr and historian Bill Woodiel, the book documents the installation
Category: Arkansas

50 Years After the War on Poverty: ARVAC and Local Stories

  This Seed and the Story column originally ran in February of 2014. January of this year marked the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. In his first State of the Union address on January 8, 1964, Johnson called upon the nation to aggressively fight the 19% poverty rate, exclaiming,“We shall not rest
Category: Arkansas

Ina May, Anna Mary Sykes, and Midwifery Stories

  This Seed and the Story column originally ran in February 2014. Ina May Gaskin is often considered the mother of the modern midwife movement in the United States. Born into an Iowa farming family, in 1971 she and her husband help to found a commune in Summertown, Tennessee known today as the Farm. Ina
Category: Arkansas

Pete Seeger 1919-2014

Our site crashed recently and we’re finally getting around to posting recent material. This Seed and the Story column originally ran in late January.  Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger passed away on January 27th at the age of 94. He is known today for his pivotal role in the folk music revival of the
Category: Community Action

Visiting Pine Ridge Gardens

Pine Ridge Gardens is located down a dirt road outside of London, Arkansas. Owned and operated by Mary Ann King, this native plant nursery has been in operation for over twenty-two years and specializes in tree, plant, shrub and grass species native to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. The nursery hosts a few open house
Category: Arkansas

Wildflowers and the Discernment of Weeds

Just this past year I’ve noticed my four- year old sons are starting to learn how to distinguish the differences in plants. They’re excited about the coming of spring and ready to work in the garden. After spending a great deal of time with the leaves this past fall, they’ve begun to notice the subtleties
Category: Arkansas