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CLG Pickup today 4-6pm. 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!

Opening Bell and Two CLG Farms Selected To Participate in Kiva Launch


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

I was reading some Wendell Berry recently, and something he said stuck with me. He describes how one of the great cultural erosions in America is that people no longer “live while they work.” In other words people spend all their time working and living thoughtlessly so they can save enough time and money to take a weekend or vacation and live how they want to live. Most of us have fallen prey to this trap. We work and work and work so we can live when we’re not working. It is a goal of mine to “live while I work.” Working at Falling Sky Farm and working with CLG both are fulfilling jobs that mostly allow me to do so. I guess I’m lucky to have such an opportunity. I hope that the services of CLG and its farmers improve your lives as much as they do mine.

Falling Sky Farm and Laughing Stock Farm Launch Fundraisers Through Kiva Zip
The Kiva Zip program is a new project launched by the longtime micro-lender, Kiva, that allows anyone the opportunity to make a loan today for as little as $25 to their favorite Arkansas entrepreneurs.  Over time, as your loan is repaid, you get your money back, and you can then withdraw it, or relend it to another entrepreneur. Out of the 30 or so business in Arkansas selected to fundraise through the new platform, two of them where CLG farmers.

  • As many of you surely have noticed, the Falling Sky Farm delivery truck has taken a wide array of creative forms over the years.  They’ve had some thrifty evolutions such as a cobbled together box truck, a trailer loaded with freezers, a flat bed truck loaded with freezers, or a flat bed truck with wooden sides loaded with freezers but it is time to upgrade!  So Andrea and Cody launched a fundraiser through Kiva Zip to raise $10,000 that will allow you, their customers and biggest supporters, to make a loan to their farm and help them purchase a much needed new delivery vehicle.  To help Andrea and Cody purchase a new delivery vehicle click here.
  • Laughing Stock Farm is also fundraising through Kiva Zip for a loan that will help them create a more sustainable irrigation system that draws from their own surface water. They will bring grid tied solar energy to the farm to subsidize power usage and create a more sustainable energy source. They have a spring fed, six acre pond directly in the middle of their farm that will provide water year round with a solar powered pumping station. To support Josh and Anna project click here.

Kiva Zip officially launched on Friday with a media event at the Clinton Library with Bill Clinton. Clinton believes that most small business loans will be crowdfunded in 15 years. In addition to Clinton Library, Kiva Zip has also partnered with Capital One who will be matching any loans you make to Falling Sky Farm or Laughing Stock Farm dollar for dollar.
So check out Kiva Zip and make a loan to your favorite farms today. I think its a powerful convergence of micro-loans and crowdfunding that could be a powerful tool for helping sustainable farmers get access to the capital they need to expand their farms.

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

Have a wonderful week,
Gabe Levin

Weblog Entry


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

I was reading some Wendell Berry recently, and something he said stuck with me. He describes how one of the great cultural erosions in America is that people no longer “live while they work.” In other words people spend all their time working and living thoughtlessly so they can save enough time and money to take a weekend or vacation and live how they want to live. Most of us have fallen prey to this trap. We work and work and work so we can live when we’re not working. It is a goal of mine to “live while I work.” Working at Falling Sky Farm and working with CLG both are fulfilling jobs that mostly allow me to do so. I guess I’m lucky to have such an opportunity. I hope that the services of CLG and its farmers improve your lives as much as they do mine.

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

Have a wonderful week,
Gabe Levin

CLG Pickup today 4-6pm. 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!

Market Reminder


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

This is a reminder that the market closes tonight at 10pm. Have a great day.*

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

I hope everyone got some of that lovely spring rain last night and early this morning. Not officially Spring yet I suppose, but it sure sounded like spring rain with the frogs “peeping” away loudly all through the storm. I bet all our farmers will be frantically stuffing seeds in the ground very soon if they aren’t already! All of my farm-work experience has been in raising animals, not veggies, so I don’t know the excitement a gardener must feel this time of year. But I do know the excitement of watching your pastures swell with green and your animals grow fat, and I’m looking forward to it more than ever this year after last summer’s drought.

The market is now open. Go to the market webpage to place your order, single-click the checkout button when you are finished, and you should receive a confirmation email when your order is placed. Please check out the messages below from two of our producers.

Happy Spring planting everybody!
Gabe Levin
Market Director

Message from Kenny at Drewry Farm and Orchards:
We are planning an “Open House” for April 13th, from 10am till 2pm, Kenny will show you around our small Farm just as he would for some of the educational tours we have throughout the year, tour the green house, Honey Bee yard and orchards, and see where our produce is planted, we can answer questions, and show you how to care for fruit trees, and plants, our farm store kitchen will be open with free samples of baked goods and other goodies, some plants, trees and other items will be available for sale. We look forward to visiting with you and have found it true that once a visitor always a friend !
Please RSVP to help us get a count on how many to expect. And please watch our Face Book Page for updates or need for rescheduling due to inclement weather.
Thank You !

www.drewryfarmandorchards.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Drewry-Farm-Orchards/138234409575567?ref=hl

Message from Steve at Cedar Rock Ridge:
Get your garden off to a great start with these perennial plants to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. All individually potted and ready to transplant NOW!
Purple Verbena – $1
Snapdragons – $1
Scarlet Bee Balm – $2
White Bee Balm – $2
…also Egyptian Walking Onions – $2 per 4-pack,
and Cabbage plants – $2 per 6-pack!

CLG Pickup today 4-6pm. 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!

Opening Bell and Other News


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

No time today for whining about the weather or how hard it is to be a farmer. There’s too much exciting stuff going on that everyone needs to know about! Check it out:

La Lucha Space On The Move
La Lucha Space is moving downtown and re-envisioning their operations. These young go-getters have some very cool ideas. Check out their website laluchaspace.com for details and help them out by taking their short survey.

Kiva City Little Rock Launch
In other exciting news, longtime micro-lender Kiva is launching Kiva City Little Rock this Spring. Kiva is a non profit that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses start or grow their business. Last year they started a program called Kiva Zip which aims to help small businesses throughout the US. On March 15th they’ll be having a large media event in Little Rock highlighting entrepreneurship in Arkansas and they are looking to get connected with farmers who might benefit.
Their program offers 0% interest loans up to $10,000 for underserved and financially excluded entrepreneurs in the US. These loans are crowdfunded online by people around the world. They have had a ton of success working with organic farmers throughout the US.
Their media event on March 15th will be a great chance for you to gain awareness and publicity for your businesses. They’ve promised a prominent endorsement that will bring national attention to Kiva and entrepreneurs throughout Little Rock.
If you would like to learn more, you can check out their website at zip.kiva.org or reach out directly to Justin Renfro, the Program Coordinator at Justin@volunteers.kiva.org or 408-455-7726.

Update From The Director
Lastly, the CLG Advisory Committee and I have made it our goals this spring to improve the efficiency and function of the market, and to generate some excitement in the region over local food in the hopes of adding new customers. There are a few things we are working on currently to help us reach these goals that you all should know about. I am in the process of planning a local foods dinner in Conway that would feature food from CLG growers. The dinner would be designed as a fundraiser for the food pantry and/or CLG community fund, and also as a press and advertising opportunity for CLG. I will also be working with committee members to organize farm tours this spring – this will be a fun opportunity to connect personally with some of our farmers and see what their work is like. I’ll updated you when we nail down the details.

Hopefully that gives you an idea of what’s going on behind the scenes at CLG. More details will be coming soon. The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Hit the checkout button (only once!) when you’re done, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed. Thanks for your continued support, and have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

Bring Glass Jars to CLG Pickup today 4-6pm.


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


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

This is a reminder that the market closes tonight at 10pm. Have a great day.*