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  • Support The Locals When You Shop at Amazon

    Do you love The Locals? Do you shop at Amazon.com? 

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    When you shop at Amazon.com AmazonSmile will donate to La Lucha Space and The Locals! To get started follow this link the next time you shop on Amazon, or by clicking on AmazonSmile in the Amazon menu, and searching "La Lucha Space".

  • Weekly Update from Beth and Sandra

  • Help The Locals Kick Off 2015

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    Help us kick off new year by joining us for our  2015 kick off party! Come out to Kings on Saturday, January 31st to help us celebrate the New Year, and our next program--The Locals Food Hub. We can't wait to see all of our Locals! The event starts at 6:30 and will be held in the upper lounge at Kings! See you soon! 

  • Meet the Designer

    Like our new logo? Need some design work done? Learn a little more about the designer who put our new logo together--Brian Benham. Brian is as local as it gets growing up in Conway. He briefly left the area to attend the Art Institute in Dallas, where he received his degree in 2003. Brian has over 10 years of experience in the media creation industry working for firms such as Corgan Media Lab in Dallas. He has experience in advertising, independent film and game creation. Brian is currently working as a freelance designer. You can check out his resume on LinkedIn
  • Food Hub Take One

    Put your seat belts on, The Locals Food Hub is coming somewhere near you!

    Sandra and Beth talking about plans for The Locals Food Mobile

  • Moving Forward With a New Look.

    As The Locals moves forward with our newest projects, we are excited to do so with an updated logo. We are thrilled to unveil our logo for The Locals Food Hub. The logo was designed by a good friend, and talented designer/illustrator Brian Benham (for more information about his work stay tuned for an upcoming blog post about his work, and check out his LinkedIn page). 

    Drum roll please.....

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    Our fantastic new logo features three basic elements each designed to communicate The Locals Food Hub identity--a bike gear, a sprout, and our name. Read below the jump for a short explanation of each. 

  • Seeds of Change

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    It's cold outside but believe it or not the season to start planning out your garden is near. If you are like me and you need some tips and a little encouragement to get started, the Urban Farm Project has some events planned to help you get excited about growing your own food!

    On February the 3rd, at 530p the first gathering of the Green Reader Book Club will get together at the Faulkner County Library. This month we are reading The Seed Revolution: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray. Join a conversation about the importance of seeds and how they can help empower communities.

    "Seed Swap", the documentary will be screened in the library's auditorium on February 5th, starting at 7pm. The film, directed by Dr. Brian Campbell and filmed in part by Zach McCannon, follows the team of Conserving Arkansas Agricultural Heritage or CAAH! for short, into the world of seed saving and Seed Swaps in the Ozarks. 

    On February 7th, at 11am Faulkner County's own seed swap will take place in the main entrance of the library. Come exchange stories and ideas, meet some folks who have been growing food in Arkansas for generations, and learn about local varieties of everything from tomatoes and peppers, to beans and flowers. Have no seeds to trade? Not to worry. There is a seed library from which you can 'check-out' seeds that you can return later in the season. 

  • Happy Holidays!

    Thank you all for making our work possible in 2014. It has been a truly remarkable experience, and we appreciate everything you have done to support and encourage us.  As our time on Van Ronkle draws to a close we are eager to remind you that we will still be around and hard at work. Please continue to follow us online and stay tuned for more exciting ways to get engaged in 2015. Happy Holidays!

  • Shop The Locals Day

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    Come help end this chapter of The Locals with a bang! On Saturday Dec 13th we are having a special open-house style event from 11a to 7p: Shop The Locals Day. Come find that special something and show your love for the community. Some of our farmers, artists, crafters and bakers will be present so you can get to know the people who made this project possible. Tell your friends, The Locals is going nomadic and we need your support to make 2015 another great year for the love local movement. Sandra and Beth will be at The Locals all day, come give us a hug, it will mean a lot to us!   

  • Plans for 2015

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    La Lucha Space, announces plans for 2015. One of its programs, The Locals, will be temporarily closing after December 24; however, a recently awarded Local Food Promotion grant will allow the organization to continue supporting local producers, and connecting the community to local food, art, and culture.

    The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services grant will infuse Conway with more than $90,000 to create a local food aggregation hub and to implement pop-up farmers markets in diverse locations around town. This program has two objectives; the first is to increase the volume of food small local farmers can sell in Conway by providing an aggregation point and by helping to manage relationships between farmers, local restaurants, and other institutional buyers. “We will also continue to develop excitement and consumer education around the local food movement through pop-up farmers markets” says Director Sandra Leyva. In the Spring and Summer of 2015, the organization will be planning and implementing pop-up markets complete with street musicians, artisan goods and an attractive bike-mobile--a pedal powered cart that will allow for easy transportation and display of fresh produce.  

    In addition to this program, La Lucha Space plans to continue supporting and participating in projects and events taking place out in the community. “As we leave the space on Van Ronkle we do not intend to cease our work” says Program Director Beth Wilson Norwood, “we are merely moving into a nomadic phase, continuing our work with community organizers, the Local Food Program, the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project, and other community partners like The Lantern Theatre, Kings, and Zaza’s.

    “We feel grateful for the multitude of people who have approached us to ask what they can do to help during this transition,” said Norwood. “The best way to help is to set up a monthly recurring donation to help fund next year’s programming. Donations can be as low as $5 a month and every bit counts.” To sign up to become a super supporter please visit https://thelocals.be/super_support. If you would like to make a one-time donation you can do so at thelocals.be/donate

    “This Holiday Season, we are encouraging people to make their dollars count by shopping local and investing in the community that has formed around The Locals” say Beth and Sandra. Join them on December 13th from 11am to 7pm for “Shop The Locals Day”, an open-house style event in which some of the more than 20 producer members will be present to chat with the people who buy and enjoy the stuff they make. Don’t miss your last chance to check out The Locals on Van Ronkle and show your love for the community space.

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