links Community Nutrition Education Services
 
Community Nutrition Education Services Inc.
“Small Family Farm Project”
Installment #11

October - November - December, 2015

 Fall Photos, Networking Opportunities, “Farm to School”, Craft Ideas

The memories of the Fall of 2015 include pictures of beautiful roses, a sunset, a stately oak tree, and vegetables growing, being harvested, and displayed in bouquets.

turnip and mustard greens bouquet
Turnip and Mustard Greens Bouquet
thumb mustard greens
Mustard Greens
fish pond at top level
Fish Pond at Top Level
water runoff
Water Runoff
turnip_roots
Turnip Roots
oak tree in fall
Oak Tree in Fall
fall roses
Fall Roses
fall sunset
Fall Sunset


Two networking opportunities attended during the past 3 months included:
  • USDA Regional Farm to School Workshop. Location: Little Rock, AR
  • Central Arkansas Regional Community Economic Development Conference.  Theme:“Rural Renewal through Conservation and Heir Property Resolutions”. Location: Conway AR
farm sign
Farm Sign
storage for plastic bags
Storage for Plastic Bags


A sign has been placed on the mail box located on the heavily travelled road that circles though the local community .There is a great opportunity to sell produce along this busy road.

The Everette Brown Farm, LLC signed on as a “producer” for the Farm to School Program in Arkansas. Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Many farmers create crafts that are marketed to the public. We have chosen to sew plastic bag holders/dispensers from recycled pillowcases purchased from “thrift stores”.  In Arkansas, unlike California, plastic bags are still being utilized for transporting purchased goods from the stores to homes. Our holders/dispensers will provide storage for all of the plastic bags that can be both washed and reused. Hopefully, we can use the proceeds for the activities of our charity (CNESINC.org). (See examples Above). The next idea is to create “sachets” from the beautiful rose petals and lavender plants that should be available in the gardens during the Spring and Fall seasons of 2016.