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Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

As a young person interested in farming, I often wonder how I will ever manage to finance a start-up farming venture of my own. The prices of good pasture land within a reasonable proximity to urban markets are simply astounding. One of the important lessons that I am learning from working at Falling Sky Farm is that it takes a community – a network of workers, customers, and lenders – to finance and operate a farm, as well as the vision and people skills to bring these players together into a working whole.

This is an insightful article about beginning farmers, the challenges they face, and what sorts of resources are available to help them. What stuck with me after reading the article was the mention of the connection between successful new farmers and supportive communities built around food and agriculture, communities just like Conway Locally Grown.

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.

Thanks for providing support for beginning farmers!
Sincerely,
Gabe Levin

CLG Pickup - 3:45pm 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 3:45 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!

OPening Bell and SSAWG Scholarships


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and now it’s time to celebrate the New Year! I hope you’ll find room in your New Year’s resolutions for something related to food. For inspiration, here’s mine: I vow, under penalty of self loathing, to never again visit a drive through restaurant. My reasons for this resolution are as follows: 1) Using my money to support the fast food industry and its industrial agriculture complex undermines everything that my work in the local food movement stands for; 2) Fast food is really unhealthy, and since I’m not a college athlete any more, I can no longer just burn off whatever ridiculously caloric concoctions I stuff in my mouth; 3) Eating while driving is physically dangerous, and on an intellectual level, eating while driving takes all thought and significance out of food – what joy can there be in eating something so commodified, so intentionally mindless, that it can be eaten while operating a motor vehicle? By the way, around 19% of our meals are now consumed in a car (www.cbsnews.com/2100-204_162-1029857.html). So there’s some food for thought. What’s your
resolution?

SSAWG Scholarships
This year the CLG Community Fund will provide scholarships to the SSAWG Conference to Tammy Pope of Tammy Sue’s Critters, Sandra Leyva of La Lucha Space and Eddie Stuckey of Kellogg Valley Farms. Here is why Tammy would like to attend the conference.
The reason I want to attend this conference, is that we are at crossroads in our farming adventure. I quit my day job a few months ago, and I am now devoting all of my time to our farm and growing our business. We have a farm of dairy goats. We also have a flock of chickens and several beehives. We are producing goat’s milk bath and beauty products. We also are now making beeswax products to increase our line and diversify. I feel attending this conference will give us invaluable information to grow and better manage our farming practices.
Good Work CLG Community!

The market is now open, go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Hit the checkout button when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email once your order has been placed. Thank you so much for your continued support of Conway Locally Grown.

Happy New Year!
Gabe Levin

Cancelation Reminder


This is a reminder that the due to the weather and low volume of orders, the market has been canceled this week.

Have a great day.

Cody

Cancellation of this week's market


Greetings all,

Partially due to the iffy weather forecasted for the next few days and partially due to the low volume of orders this week we have decided to cancel the market this Friday (the 28th). We apologize for any inconvenience. The market will be open for ordering on Sunday with pick-up on the 4th.

We hope you are all enjoying the holidays and the snow with family and friends!

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Andrea and Cody
Conway Locally Grown

Opening Bell & Season Greeting


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Merry Christmas! The market will be open this week, so take a break from your holiday celebrations to order some local food! Perhaps your friends and relatives with whom you are visiting would like to see where you get your great food from – take the opportunity to show them the market website! There are still plenty of veggies available, despite the recent onslaught of winter weather. Don’t forget a fresh loaf of bread, or stock up on a bag of apples or potatoes. I know Christmas might be your first priority, but don’t forget to prepare for your New Year’s party – make sure you have something healthy to eat to make up for all the cookies you’re going to devour over the next few days!

Go to Conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Remember to hit the checkout button when you’re finished and you will receive a confirmation email once your order has been placed.

Enjoy the holidays!
Gabe Levin

CLG Pickup - 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.

CLG Community To Provide 4 Scholarships For SSAWG Conference
The Community Fund is going to provide four scholarships to the 2012 Southern SAWG Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference in Little Rock 25th thru the 26th. The event attracts over 1200 farmers and food advocates and offers fifty-six 1.5 hour sessions on a broad range of topics. These sessions will provide organic and sustainable production and marketing information for commercial horticultural and livestock producers, enterprise management lessons, farm policy education and community food systems development information.
Click here to learn more about the SSAWG Conference!

Applications for the SSAWG Scholarships are due by this Friday December 21st and will be awarded on December 24th. Anyone in the CLG Community is eligible to apply!
Click here to fill out an application!

For all of those wondering, CLG will be open the week of Christmas and New Years!

Opening Bell, Old Trucks, and SSAWG Scholarships!


Season Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Sadly, automobile mechanics was not part of my liberal arts education, but I do know that screeching sounds and smoke coming from under the hood means this: something is wrong. And so this past Friday afternoon found myself, my driver Troy Hopkins, the Falling Sky Farm delivery truck, several hundred pounds of undelivered meat, and some of your precious orders all stranded at a repair shop in south Little Rock.

While waiting for Andrea to come to our rescue, I reflected on the breakdowns (pun intended) of our little market, and concluded that the success of the local food movement depends largely on the willingness of customers to accept a degree of uncertainty in the supply and distribution of their food.

The day may never come when everything that is ordered through our market makes it smoothly, without delay or mix-up, from farm to market to customer. I prefer to see these small failures in a positive light however, like blemishes on an heirloom tomato. In the same way that the ugly spots do not diminish the superior quality of the fruit, the hitches in the distribution of local food are a small price to pay for the rich rewards of the local food experience.

So the next time something is missing from your order, think of it as proof of the authenticity of your food experience, a guarantee that your food is real, and it’s being produced by real farmers who are subject to the uncertainties of nature (and old trucks).

CLG Community To Provide 4 Scholarships For SSAWG Conference
The Community Fund is going to provide four scholarships to the 2012 Southern SAWG Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference in Little Rock 25th thru the 26th. The event attracts over 1200 farmers and food advocates and offers fifty-six 1.5 hour sessions on a broad range of topics. These sessions will provide organic and sustainable production and marketing information for commercial horticultural and livestock producers, enterprise management lessons, farm policy education and community food systems development information.
Click here to learn more about the SSAWG Conference!

Applications for the SSAWG Scholarships are due by this Friday December 21st and will be awarded on December 24th. Anyone in the CLG Community is eligible to apply!
Click here to fill out an application!

For all of those wondering, CLG will be open the week of Christmas and New Years!

The market is now open. Go to Conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Remember to hit the checkout button when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed.

Sincerely,
Gabe Levin

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!