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Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

It’s December 2nd, and close to seventy degrees outside – kinda scary, but at least the growing season isn’t quite over yet! Get fresh green things while you can though; our luck is bound to run out on the weather.
I hope you’re as happy as I am to hear that the Faulkner County Urban Farming Project reached its fundraising goal of $5,000 to build a rain water collection system for the garden site at Faulkner County Library! Many thanks to all of you who contributed. Public support for projects such as this can only be seen as a sign of the growing inertia behind the local food movement.

From Armstead Farm:
Dear Members and Volunteers,
We have made our last delivery for the 2012 Season and are already planning for a 2013 return. We thank you so much for your support of both our farm and the Conway Locally Grown buying club. We truly appreciate your dedication and commitment to the local, sustainable agricultural movement.Let us remind you to always feel free to make comments, suggestions or critique our products.We value the feedback. It helps us to provide high quality,very fresh produce. Again, thank you so much. We wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday and healthy New Year,
Sue and Rusty Nuffer/Armstead Mountain Farm

From Cedar Rock Ridge:
Check out some of our exotic and inexpensive gifts this week.
German Extra Hardy garlic plant: $1
Beaverfork Blend cooking/grilling spice: $2.50 (Great for mailing to out of town friends & family.)
Purple Sage plnt (perennial): $2.50
Egyptian Walking Onion plants (perennial): $2.50
Elephant Garlic plant: $3
Candied Jalapenos: $4
Email me with any questions, and have a great week! Steve: kirp1968@sbcglobal.net

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Remember to hit the checkout button when you are finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed.
Invest in your community!

Have a great day,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

CLG pick-up 4pm today!


Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Market Reminder


The market closes tonight at 10 P.M. To place an order, visit Conway.locallygrown.net/market Please make sure to hit the checkout button. You will receive a conformation email once you place your order.

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving! Our nation’s ailing food system was the subject of discussion at my house, and I wanted to share these thoughts with you.

Many critics of local food, organic food, or small-scale agriculture point out that this kind of food is pricy and elitist. Perhaps some of you have come across items offered through Conway Locally Grown that you felt were too expensive, or at least more expensive than the groceries at conventional food markets. I would like to offer an argument to you that justifies paying a little more for your food, and the argument requires understanding the difference between price and cost. Conventional, industrial foods may be offered at a lower price, but that is only because the true costs of the production and consumption of industrial food are not reflected in the price you pay at the register.

Consider the fact that Americans have been spending a smaller and smaller percentage of their income on food each decade since the industrial agricultural revolution of the mid 20th century. Now consider also the reverse trend in the increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other diet related illnesses. Does it make sense for us to be saving money producing and consuming lesser quality foods, only to turn around and spend that money on our increasing health care costs? Of course correlation does not imply causation, and there are many factors that contribute to our declining health as a nation, but poor diet is surely among the culprits.

In addition to health costs, environmental and social costs are also left out of the price of industrial foods. Industrial agriculture uses chemically and mechanically intensified production methods that erode our soils and poison our waterways. The centralized organization of corporate agriculture also tends to concentrate wealth and prevent the growth of local and rural economies. If one were to account for all the costs of food production and consumption, one quickly realizes that there is no such thing as cheap food. I’m not suggesting that the more you spend on your food, the healthier you’ll be. Many foods are expensive simply because of the difficult nature of their production. I am suggesting, however, that you think of the food you are eating as an investment in your personal health, the health of your family, the health of the environment, and the health of society. Isn’t avoiding the costs of losing these things worth paying a slightly higher price for good food?

The market is now open. Remember to hit the checkout button when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order is placed. Thank you for investing in the health of your community.

Have a great day,

Gabe Levin

No Market This Week


This is a reminder that we will not be running the market this week. We will resume our normal schedule next week.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Cody-

CLG Pickup - 4pm Today. Bring glass jars!


Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to *bring your glass jars *for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Thanksgiving Market and Specials From Cedar Rock Ridge


Wow! Its the last market before Thanksgiving. How time flies. I’m sure most of you have already guessed, we will not be running the market next week. So make sure you stock up this week. We will be back to our normal schedule the last week of November. The market closes tonight at 10pm. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order.

From Cedar Rock Ridge:
Just in time for the holiday season, check out our new items.
1. Fresh Horseradish Sauce – $2.50 (4oz)
2. Diced Frozen Turnips – $2.75 (1 pound)
3. Ugly, but awesome, Sweet Potatoes – $8 (10 pounds)
4. Shelled Pecan Halves $11.00 (1 pound)
5. Fresh Boiled Peanuts $4.00 (1 pound)
And don’t forget to send your guests home with their very own Beaverfork Blend ($2.50) and encourage them to seek local food when they get back home. Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

Opening Bell and Other Updates


The market is open for ordering. To place an order, visit Conway.locallygrown.net/market Please make sure to hit the checkout button. You will receive a conformation email once you place your order.

A Message From Crimmins Family Farm
Just wanted to let the market know that after this week’s listing, we will be taking a two week break and recuperate!! We won’t list again until Sunday, December 2 (for pickup on Dec. 7)
We currently have ~30 items listed, many greens, lettuce, sweet potatoes, etc. If folks are interested in our ‘Perry county’ organic produce for both pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving day meals, this would be the week to order.
Anyway, just an FYI and thanks for all ya’ll do. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
God bless,
Chuck Crimmins

TEDxTalk At Hendrix College
I am writing on behalf of TEDxHendrixCollege, a student organization at Hendrix that hosts conversation surrounding the amazing talks found at TED.com. If you are unfamiliar with TED, it is an international nonprofit committed to ideas worth spreading. In their annual conferences they bring together remarkable people to talk about their work in the areas of technology, entertainment, design, the arts, non-profits, and many others. These talks are made available online for free to the global community. TEDx means an independently organized TED event. Each month our organization hosts a discussion surrounding a certain topic, moderated by a professor or community member who is an expert.
It is an important goal for our organization to not just hold conversations for Hendrix students, but also for Conway community members. We want bridge the gab between Hendrix and Conway to get the most diverse group of opinions on the subject. On Thursday November 15th at 7:00 PM, we will be hosting an event on the Hendrix campus surround the question, “What is Beauty?” Art History professor Rod Miller will moderate the discussion. We would be honored if you and the members of Conway Locally Grown would join us for this event. It will be held in the Mills Center for Social Sciences just North of the campus auditorium and South of the library off Washington Ave. There will be a short reception after the event where you can meet students and continue the discussion. We hope you will be able to join us!
Thanks,
Natalie Levine
levinena@hendrix.edu

Urban Farming Project Kicks Off Fundraiser
On October 24th the Urban Farming Project launched an exciting Kickstarter project. Their goal is to raise $5000 in 30 days. This will go towards purchasing a 2000 gallon water tank with a timed, drip irrigation system.
For the whole story click here.

What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Since its launch on April 28, 2009, Kickstarter has helped raise over $350 million that has been pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects.

Building Community Around Food
This week we raised $15 for the Conway Locally Grown Community Fund, a micro lending program that will fund sustainable and community oriented projects. So far we have raised $1740.40 for our next round of Community Fund investments. We plan to start taking applications for the next round of funding in December. To read more about how the CLG Community Fund works, visit our conway.locallygrown.net and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Food Pantry Donations
This week CLG Members raised $35 for the food pantry! This year we have raised $1912.35 for the Saint Peter’s Food Pantry.

Have a great day!

CLG Pickup - 4pm Today. Bring glass jars!


Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Vote With Your Fork


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community!
It’s election day, and as members of a democratic society we have the privilege of voting for our leaders, but filling out a ballot is not the only way we vote. We vote every day with the decisions we make on how to spend our time, energy, and money. I would like to remind everyone today that local food is nonpartisan. Fresh, natural, and wholesome food does not lean to the left, right, or any other direction, but it does support our right to good health, our right to a clean environment, and our right to make a living for ourselves producing honest, sustainable food. Remember that when you support Conway Locally Grown, you are voting for an alternative food system that increases the quality of life in central Arkansas. If I don’t inspire you, here’s an old article by Michael Pollan on “Voting With Your Fork”
The market closes tonight at 10pm. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your VOTE. Remember to hit the checkout button when you are done, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order is placed.
Have a great day!
-Gabe Levin