Heirloom Seeds Archive

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

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
Category: Arkansas

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
Category: Arkansas

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.
Category: Arkansas

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
Category: Arkansas

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
Category: Arkansas

Friday Video: Vanishing of the Bees

The Friday Video series is a regular feature of the Boiled Down Juice. If you’d like to suggest a video or submit an article, please contact us at the “Contact Us” link above. We’d love to hear from you.  The 2009 release Vanishing of the Bees  is currently streaming on Netflix. Supported by many bee advocates and
Category: Animals

Seed Broadcast from Conway, Arkansas.

A few months ago we posted about the mobile Seed Broadcast Unit coming to Conway, Arkansas to document Seed Stories and the role of heirloom plants in community life. A few stories from Conway are now available online, including Brian Campbell discussing CAAH, Bryan Mader discussing the Community Market in Russellville, Michael McHaffley discussing his desire
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Dealing with Drought: Portraits from Three Little Rock Community Gardens

Little Rock’s local food movement is growing. Throughout the city vacant lots are transforming into community gardens and local farmers markets are thriving. But how are these ventures, many of them only a year or two old, dealing with unprecedented heat and drought? Produced for KUAF’s Ozarks at Large program, this radio piece profiles three Little
Category: Arkansas

Seed Broadcast: Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station

We recently received news from CAAH (Conserving Central Arkansas Agricultural Heritage) that the Seed Broadcast Project will be making multiple stops on their summer tour, including a stop in central Arkansas! The Seed Broadcast is a “collaborative project exploring grassroots seed action through collective inquiries and hands-on creative practices.”  Their work centers around issues of  food
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