• The Food Hub!


    We are making progress creating our tiny house-giant refrigerator for The Locals Food Hub. Thanks to our fabulous volunteers we are outfitting The Locals Tiny Food Hub House to become a place where local farmers can drop off local ingredients for local restaurants! If you would like to help just get in touch with us. We want to build a tiny picket fence and a small raised bed next to it to make it look super cute! With your help, we can make Local Food make a splash in Conway.

  • Zazas partnering with The Locals Food Hub


    The Locals Food Hub is taking its first steps towards bringing more local ingredients into Conway restaurants. Zaza Fine Salad & Wood-Oven Pizza is the first restaurant we are collaborating with, but as the food hub develops we hope more Conway restaurants will jump into the local food band-wagon.In the next few days you will be able to taste delicious gelato made with Sugar Baby Watermelons from Los Tibiriches Farm , located in Acklin Gap Conway. Our goal is to connect more local farmers to local restaurants and facilitate their relationships to save them both time and let them do what they do best--grow food and cook it! Next time you are in one of your favorite restaurants, ask them if they have something with local ingredients in the menu. 


  • Sponsor The Locals Food Hub Downtown


    The Locals Food Hub is seeking sponsorships from businesses and individuals for their tiny-refrigerated-house that will be located on Front St in Downtown, Conway. For $150 sponsors will be recognized with their name or logo displayed at The Locals Food Hub on Front Street for one month, as well as on our website, social media outlets and press releases about our project.

    If you are interested in sponsoring The Locals' Food Hub please contact Sandra Leyva at

    (479) 259-1727 or at [email protected]


  • The Fresh Directory

    FreshCard.pngAs part of the Farmers Market Promotion Program we have launched an online, interactive version of Arkansas Local Food Network's "Fresh Directory".  They worked hard to gather a lot of great information about our local food system. Now we are turning to you! This a living resource and we have built in easy ways for you to help us keep it up to date.

    Enough talk, go explore!

    Check out the Fresh Directory online!

    Are you a community organizer? Stay tuned because we will have an upcoming blog post about how you can make a similar online resource for your community with free tools.



    The online Fresh Directory and how-to guides were created as part of the Farmers Market Promotion Program.

  • IT Careers Camp #WearableWednesday

    Tonight The Locals and some of our awesome volunteers were out at the IT Careers Camp hosted by UCA.  We had a great time getting students started on a wearable project.  You can check out a few photo highlights like this one by Dan Decker over on the AR Scene blog post.

    The rest of this post is aimed at campers that are sitting down to continue to play with their Gemma and need a little more guidance. Read on for the nitty gritty details.



  • TagIR: Laser Tag with Adafruit Trinkets

    tagIR lit up

    tagIR is one of our summer tech learning projects. We're hoping that you will join our adventure by building a tagIR badge, or a bunch of them. The project is a low cost way to create an infrared laser tag game.  Wear it when you venture out in the evening so other geeks can tag you, head for the park with friends to run around laughing, or make it with your family and play at home!  To tag each other you grab any ol' infrared remote control from your junk drawer and mash some buttons.  For shorter range indoor play try out an IR emitter soldered to a 3.5 mm stereo plug (I used udirc-ir app on my iPhone to run it; more on this after the break).

    The kit is based around the Adafruit Trinket which is programmable using the Arduino IDE.  We chose this board to base our kits around because it is versatile, Arduino based, and very affordable. This is a great, low cost way to experiment and learn with a microcontroller this summer.  Even if you are familiar with Arduino, this is a fun little kit to play around with and there are lots of possible expansions and transformations.  

    By uploading new sketches to your Trinket you can tweak game play, effectively modifying the rules of your game.  We have a few ideas on how you can do that, but we are also sure that our creative community will come up with changes we never considered -- so please share your experiment with us!!

    Read on for the details, and check out all the photos we snapped at the workbench.

    Note for those following the project: we did switch from the fast blinking RGB leds, which were very cool, to the sequins. We liked the small form factor and we also had a number of requests for badges that matched Ingres colors.

  • Exciting Upcoming Events

    Sandra and Beth have been busily popping-up and scheduling events for The Locals. Find out where they will be next.

  • Los Tibiriches

    This week Beth and I had the pleasure to go visit Los Tibiriches, a family farm located in Acklin Gap Conway. Martha Rojos, and her parents, work in 20 out of the 100 acre property they care for. Slowly but surely, they keep expanding their very own garden of Eden by planting more and more patches of flowers, vegetables, berries and fruit trees. The sheer amount of animals roaming through the place makes you feel like you are one with nature. Hundreds of chickens, peacocks, guineas, rabbits, parrots, a donkey, some sheep, dogs and cats make part of the big happy family. Martha and her mom can tell you the names and ages of almost every animal in the farm. They have nurtured most from the time they hatch and whenever they are wounded. 


    It is heart warming to see a family so dedicated to caring for the land and the animals that roam free and happy. Martha has been participating in farmers markets for years, most recently in the newly formed Downtown Conway farmers market. If you didn't guess it already, she sells lots of delicious and freshly picked eggs, as well as the fruits and vegetables of the season. On occasion, she also sells whole chickens, pork and lamb. This year, things have been a little slower at the farm. The weather has been too wet and not sunny enough for their plants to grow. But as Martha says, that is just how farming is. You never know exactly what to expect.


    Martha is  a great resource in the community of small farmers in Conway, having been around for so many years, she knows almost everyone who works the land and what they produce. She is always ready to get involved with community efforts and has been a great supporter of The Locals since its inception in 2013. Next time you stop by the Downtown farmers market, or at one of The Locals pop-up market events, ask for her. She is happy to tell you her story and share the knowledge of the miracles of nature she has gleaned over the years of hard and compassionate work in the farm.


    For more pictures visit our Facebook Page 

  • IR "Laser" Tag: Post Mini Maker Faire Update

    We had a ton of fun at the North Little Rock Mini Maker Faire today, May 2.  We kicked off the publicity and making for our summer series the Nomadic Geek.  There will be 5-7 events over the course of the summer that center around (free) tech learning.  Together we will use our Nomadic Geek kit to create a variety of Raspberry Pi and Adafruit Trinket based projects that are going to be a blast, and draw our community together. All the info about will be here on our site.

    For now, read about the IR Tag kit, and how they can be improved. The bright and creative minds of Arkansas gave us a ton of great feedback, that we will include in the next batch of kits.  We expect these to be available at our pop-ups around May 15 and at our workshop on May 30.

    If you didn't visit us at the Mini Maker Faire you probably want to check out our first post about IR Tag version 1.0.


  • How To: Infrared Tag, Version 1.0

    We are releasing a fun new experiment into the community on Saturday, May 2nd at the North Little Rock Mini Maker Faire.  This is version 1.0 and we hope that you enjoy it enough to help us revise and improve it over time.  At the moment we are calling it IR Tag, though we're open for suggestions of catchier names.

    The basic point of IR Tag is to give us a fun little gadget we can use to bring our intangible community to life with. The idea is simple: buy a little kit, make a cool badge and switch it on while you roam around in the world. When another geek spots you they get to 'blast' you to light you up. If we wear them while we are out and about our friends and fellow geeks will be able to traverse longer distances with their hello (screw you "waving", we're in the 21st century now!). These devices make the connections in our community tangible.  Plus it's fun to see your friend realize their hit, scramble to find their blaster and hit you back.

    Read on to see the kit basics and assemble your own.  We will have a few pre-assembled kits, and a few assemble it yourself kits for people to pickup during the NLR Mini Maker Faire.  If the response is good we will order up another round and offer them for sale prior to our upcoming workshop.

    Check out the details on the workshop, where we will talk about how to customize and program your kit and be around to play with them while we scheme about how to make the game even better.

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