Our purpose and goals

March 10, 2010

This blog is just getting started. If you want to help, let me know. You can contact me at livablefutureproject@gmail.com

Join our face book page here

NWA Food For All

We are creating a network of individuals, businesses, government representatives and non-profit organizations committed to pooling our resources and talents so that an abundance of healthy, locally grown food can be easily accessible to everyone

Our first goal is to host a two day conference in order to create a strategic plan by stake holders (everyone who eats!)

What you can do:

1.      Join the facebook page. Look up NWA Food for All

2.      Sign up for our weekly newsletter: livablefutureproject@gmail.com

3.      Join the task group to help organizing the NWA Food For All conference.

4.      Help find a place for the weekly potluck to share food and plot how we can have more food!

5.      If you are not on line, call us with your phone number to be on the telephone tree.

6.      Talk about this topic any time you can and get ideas and resources—and share them.

One of our goals is to create a Food Policy Council which are springing up all over the U.S.

Here is a sample of a Food Policy Council http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Food_Policy_Council

For more information, contact Patricia Mikkelson, coordinator 479-313-0414 livablefutureproject@gmail.com www.nwafoodforall.wordpress.com

Patrice Gros local farmer and owner of Foundation Farm is the first member of the advisory board  to this network. www.foundationfarm.com

Herbalists gives presentation in Newton County

March 28, 2010

Subject: Upcoming Program at Newton County Library

D’Coda, modern-day “medicine woman” and herbalist, will be at the Newton County Library on Saturday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. to share an “Herbalist Workshop” with everyone. Dakota will be sharing her skill and knowledge in wild herbs that are easily found around the landscape of our homes. Medicinally significant and some edible, she will point out what we can use and what not to use, for those of us not as sure as we want to be when trying out some of the remedies we’ve all learned about in passing conversations throughout the years.
D’Coda has travelled far and wide during nearly 30 years of studying flora, before moving to a remote area in the Ozarks. Here, she has found a veritable “medicine chest” of species, and actively propagates and harvests her own garden of naturally occurring herbs and plants to use on her homestead. Most recently, she has affiliated with Dr. Brian Campbell, with the University of Arkansas-Conway in a traditional seed preservation project as a grower and seed provider, and was a key speaker at the CAAH! Heirloom Seed Bank, held at the library early last month.
Originally taught herbalism by her grandmother, D’Coda continued to expand her knowledge and experience in alternative healing therapies. In the 1980’s she apprenticed under a renowned shaman healer, don Eduardo Calderon in Peru. She then went on to study Huna under Dr. Serge King until she became a Kapua (shaman) in the Kane (healing) order. She is an avid researcher into the latest scientific findings regarding plant intelligence, pharmacology, physiological actions, and therapeutic uses. Everyone is invited to join D’Coda at the library for a wonderful program, full of knowledge and beneficial information. Refreshments will follow the program.

Hope to see you there!!
Jennifer

Newton County Library Adult Programs
HC 31 Box 8
Jasper, AR 72641
Jennifer Tapp, Coordinator

Resources that can support us in achieving our goal

March 10, 2010

Great resource to help churches determine if they should start a community garden

http://flourishonline.org/2010/02/extending-the-front-porch-is-your-church-ready-for-a-garden-2/

Neighborhood Supported Agriculture in Boulder—a fantastic model to duplicate

http://www.communityrootsboulder.com/

A group we can learn from

http://sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org/

A neighborhood based urban farm network in Austin–

http://www.urbanpatchwork.org/

Idea for Community Garden and church

http://www.farmanddairy.com/news/ohio-church-serves-god-community-with-small-scale-urban-gardening/12476.html

Farmers Garden—connecting people with locally grown food

http://www.thefarmersgarden.com/

A list of organizations that share our goal of accessible locally grown food

March 10, 2010

I am really encouraged when I think about how many people are supportive of growing food locally and making it easily accessible to everyone. Here is a list of groups I believe support that goal.

Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

http://www.bgozarks.org

Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fayetteville-Community-Garden-Coalition/99993203236?ref=ts

Ozark Slow Food

http://www.ozarkslowfood.org

Ozark Natural Foods

http://www.ozarknaturalfoods.com

Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology

http://www.omnicenter.org/

Teen Leadership Corps Omni—they have decided to focus on locally grown food.

http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=ozark+natural+foods&init=quick#!/group.php?v=wall&ref=ts&gid=120068838039

Green Faith Alliance

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1236087064621#!/group.php?v=wall&ref=mf&gid=141192352583

Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group

http://www.ssawg.org/

Omni Vegetarian Potluck Club

http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=ozark+natural+foods&init=quick#!/group.php?gid=59456433820

Fayetteville Farmers Market

http://www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org/

Greenhouse Grille

http://www.greenhousegrille.com

Appleseeds

http://appleseedsinc.org/

Attra: National Sustainable Agricultural Information Service

http://attra.ncat.org/

City of Fayetteville

www.accessfayetteville.org

Students for Ron Paul

http://www.facebook.com/CallingGlory#!/group.php?gid=12221065098&ref=ts

Green Drinks NWA

http://www.facebook.com/CallingGlory#!/group.php?gid=65883785779&ref=ts

St. Pauls Episcopal Church

http://www.stpaulsfay.org/

Fayetteville Community Exchange

www.fayettevillecommunityexchange.org

SAF Community garden
http://www.facebook.com/events/edit/index.php?new&gid=351332703230&step=2&eid=381543326418#!/profile.php?id=100000498322856

– bentonville/rodgers/springdale/farmers’ markets

– – city governments including springdale, Bentonville,

Resources

Great resource to help churches determine if they should start a community garden

http://flourishonline.org/2010/02/extending-the-front-porch-is-your-church-ready-for-a-garden-2/

Neighborhood Supported Agriculture in Boulder—a fantastic model to duplicate

http://www.communityrootsboulder.com/

A group we can learn from

http://sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org/

A neighborhood based urban farm network in Austin–

http://www.urbanpatchwork.org/

Idea for Community Garden and church

http://www.farmanddairy.com/news/ohio-church-serves-god-community-with-small-scale-urban-gardening/12476.html

Farmers Garden—connecting people with locally grown food

http://www.thefarmersgarden.com/


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