Friends of the Garden

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Friends of the Garden is dedicated to supporting and promoting the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project (UFP). The Urban Farm Project is located behind the Faulkner County Public Library on 1900 Tyler St, Conway AR. Contact: faulknercountyurbanfarmproject@gmail.com 

The Urban Farm Project began in the spring of 2010 as a gardening competition between Conway’s three colleges. As students, professors and members of the community turned a grassy yard into a blossoming vegetable garden, it became clear that this was no competition, but a collaborative effort towards a greater good. Through natural, local food production, this garden is an effort to foster sustainability and a sense of community in Conway.

From 2011 to 2017 the Urban Farm Project was adopted as a program of La Lucha Space, with the mission to demonstrate sustainable home gardening practices and connect the community with fresh, healthy, seasonal local food. In 2014 the organization applied to become part of the Arkansas GardenCorps program, which provided a service member to help maintain and develop the garden and its programs. Thanks to this program the Urban Farm Project was able to start a weekly children's garden club, an annual seed swap event, a book club, garden sketch hour and many more educational activities. The garden slowly started becoming an important part of the library's educational resources.

In 2016 the Faulkner County Library hired its first ever garden programmer to work at the garden, and in late 2017 the garden officially became part of the library. As the Urban Farm Project became institutionalized within the Faulkner County Library, La Lucha Space transitioned its Urban Farm Project program to the Friends of the Garden program.

The Friends of the Garden continue to provide support for the garden through special projects, volunteering, and fundraising.

 

 

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