Library and Garden District Initiative

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The Locals has started a series of community meetings to talk about the Library and Garden District Initiative. These meetings are aimed at getting community support and input for the creation of a "Library and Garden District" in the neighborhood surrounding the Faulkner County Library (1900 Tyler St, Conway). 

To download past meeting notes click on the links:

Meeting Notes 1/25/18

Meeting Notes 1/31/18

The "Library and Garden District" idea is inspired by the concept of Food Innovation District. A food innovation district is a geographic concentration of food-oriented businesses, services, and community activities that local governments support through planning and economic development initiatives in order to promote a positive business environment for local food entrepreneurs, spur regional food system development, and increase access to local food.

There are numerous assets and potential partners that already exist in Conway's potential Garden District, including: Bell Urban Farm, the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project, New South Coop CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pick-up , the Conway Farm to School initiative and school gardens, and Hendrix College.

Food innovation districts support the resource- and idea-sharing that occurs when food entrepreneurs and related initiatives work in close proximity. Activities in these districts include: • Regional food hubs • Business incubators • Farm-to-table retail and restaurants • Farmers markets • Food festivals and other events • Nutrition and cooking education • Healthy food assistance • Urban agriculture production • Community kitchens. 

See our brief presentation of the initiative click here: Library and Garden District Power Point 

For more info on food innovation districts visit http://www.canr.msu.edu/foodsystems/uploads/files/fid-guide.pdf

If you live in the neighborhood or are simply interested in the idea please join us!!

Meetings will take place at the Library. 

If you are interested in participating please contact Zack McCannon at zmccannon@gmail.com 

 

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