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Arkansas Area Activities
2016
 
January - February - March, 2016

*Volunteer- Garden at Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Project in Central Arkansas (only 2-3 times during quarter due to inclement weather conditions).

*Monday, March 28, 2016 Lecture - University of Arkansas @ Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock AR. “Farming in Arkansas: Crops, Costs and Challenges in 2016,” Randy Veach,president of Arkansas Farm Bureau

*Tuesday, March 29, 2016. “Healthy from the Ground UP”, a presentation focused on howdifferent conditions affect seed growth. Middle School Science Club, Conway, AR.

April - May - June, 2016

*Friday, April 15, 2016
Attended a forum entitled, “A conversation with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack”. The major focus of the presentation was his work as the leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in strengthening the American agricultural economy, building vibrant rural communities, and creating new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. U.S. Secretary Vilsak also discussed the role and importance of the “Farm to School” Program. Location: Little Rock, AR

*Friday, April 15, 2016
Attended the 4th Biennial Arkansas Minority Health Summit 2016 “Social Determinants of Health: Impacting All Arkansans”. Location: Little Rock, AR

*Volunteer- Garden at Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Project in Central Arkansas (weekly activity).


July - August - September, 2016

* Tuesday, July 6, 2016
Arkansas Local Food Meetups hosted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The purpose of the meetups was to connect those involved in producing, purchasing or assisting with the development of AR local food. Location:Little Rock, AR

*Tuesday, July 12 and September 13, 2016
Attended a  meeting of Conway County Hometown Health Coalition. The goal of the Coalition is to improve the health of the community in which we live. Location: Morrilton, AR

*Volunteer- Garden at Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Project in Central Arkansas (weekly activity).


October - November - December 2016

“Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family,” Caroline Randall Williams


Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Mosaic Templars)
*In partnership with the Arkansas Cornbread Festival and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center *Book Signing to follow


– Caroline Randall Williams is a third generation poet and author who, with her mother Alice Randall, recently authored Soul Food Love in which the duo reclaims and redefines soul food by mining the traditions of four generations of black women and creating 80 healthy recipes. They’ve updated the recipes and traditions handed down by their mothers and grandmothers into easy, affordable, and healthy – but still delicious – dishes. Caroline will speak about her family’s traditions of cooking and discuss how Soul Food Love can translate African-American family history through food and can show a powerful new way forward with delicious recipes and healthy habits. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


November 17, 2016 
"Locally Laid: How We Built A Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm From Scratch," Lucie Amundsen
In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week



Lucie Amundsen, co-founder and marketing chick for Locally Laid Egg Company, told the story of how a Midwestern family with no agriculture experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm. The newbie-farmers also deal with their own shortcomings, making for a failed inspection and intense struggles to keep livestock alive during a brutal winter. But with a heavy dose of humor, they learn to negotiate the highly stressed no-man’s-land known as Middle Agriculture. Amundsen sees firsthand how these mid-sized farms, situated between small-scale operations and mammoth factory farms, are vital to rebuilding America’s local food systems.
Location: Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, AR

Tuesday, October 11 and December 13, 2016
Attendance at meetings of Conway County Hometown Health Coalition. The goal of the Coalition is to improve the health of the community in which we live. Location: Morrilton, AR


*Volunteer- Garden at Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Project in Central Arkansas (weekly activity).