• Arkansas Gives

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    Dear friends and supporters please help us spread the word!

    On April 2nd we are raising funds to support The Locals and the Urban Farm Project

    On Thursday April 2, we are participating in ArkansasGives, a one-day online giving event. Between 8am and 8pm on April 2nd you can help us raise funds to advance our organization's mission through the Arkansas Gives website. With your help we can qualify to win up to $5000 in bonus dollars. Your support makes a huge difference! 

    This Spring and Summer you will find The Locals popping-up in different places around town, bringing you exciting events, such as live music, art workshops and mobile farmers market events. You can help us make Conway a more unique, vibrant and exciting place to live. To learn more about our pop-up events click here.

    Your donations will also enable us to continue hosting an Arkansas GardenCorps service member at the Urban Farm Project. Our service member is able to increase our outreach into the community, offer educational programming and donate more food to our local food pantry. To learn more about our Arkansas GardenCorps Service Member click here.

  • What is The Locals


    Click through this presentation about The Locals, our mission, and the things we do in Conway. 

  • Why Pop-ups?


    This Spring and Summer you might find yourself asking: what is that contraption The Locals are riding around town?

    As part of The Locals Food Hub project we are creating a bike cart that will allow us to pop-up in different places around Conway, bringing out The Locals experience into the community. Pop-up events turn public spaces into temporary venues for markets, studios, workshop and other interactive experiences. The Locals pop-up events will feature local products and fun activities like art and tech workshops, live music and other public art performances.

    With the help of our bike cart we will be able to show up and transform any place into a unique and exciting environment where people are encouraged to participate and create. The Locals pop-up events are a way for us to spark people’s interest and feature the talents of local producers by giving them a space to engage and connect to the community. Often changes start with building something small and we think that pop-up events will be able to ignite  the culture of Downtown Conway and surrounding neighborhoods by uncovering the hidden potential of our community.

    With your help we can fund all this fun! Click here to help us raise funds on April 2nd through the Arkansas Gives website.

  • Why GardenCorps?



    Arkansas GardenCorps is a program of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Childhood Obesity Prevention, its mission is to promote the use of school and community gardens to increase environmental awareness and sustainable agriculture practices in Arkansas communities. GardenCorps members serve in school and community gardens across the state to develop and maintain gardens, conduct garden-based education, and build volunteer and community support for sustainability of gardens.

    In 2014, the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project became an AR GardenCorps service site, and has been hosting Crystal Bowne since September. Since Crystal starting serving the garden has seen dramatic improvements in its ability to reach into the community. The garden, which used to be ran by volunteers a couple hours a week, is now staffed for three hours, five days a week. A more consistent schedule has also allowed Crystal to coordinate more activities with the library’s adult and children’s program directors, such as a children's scarecrow making activity, a seed swap, a green reader book club and a children's garden club. 

    Thanks to Crystal, we have been able to extend our growing season into the winter and donate more food to the St. Peter's Food Pantry (225 pounds to date!). She has also started collaborating with the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas, the Faulkner County Day School and the Bethlehem House to start and maintain their own gardens.

    For all of these reasons and more we are looking forward to hosting another Service Member in 2015-2016 and we need your help to make that happen. The Arkansas GardenCorps program requires a $5,500 match to host a full-time service member and we have till April 6th to make our goal. Click here to help us raise funds on April 2nd through the Arkansas Gives website.

    For more info on Arkansas Gardencorps click here



  • Tell Us Your Story

    Click here on April 2nd to support The Locals. Sandra and Beth want to feature your story about why you love The Locals for Arkansas Day of Giving. As part of this community, you have the potential to make a difference. Your participation is essential to achieve our goal! 

    Send us your story: [email protected] or [email protected]

  • Food Hub Boot Camp

    Watch Beth tell us a bit about her adventures attending Local Orbit's Food Hub Camp in San Diego, and Sandra talk about the slow food revolution!


  • The Arts Community in Conway Needs Your Help!

    Conway Alliance for the Arts, the organization that brings your ArtsFest, has put together a survey to help them learn about the state of the arts in Conway.

    Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. When it asks about arts organizations don't forget to include The Locals in the "other" section.  

  • The Locals in the News

    Check out this great blog post by Michael Roberts from Arkansas Food & Farm. 




  • Dry T-Shirt Contest

    Every time you interact with The Locals through social media, or our website, you can earn pitch-in-points! This month we will be giving away Locals t-shirts to the 5 people who earn the most pitch-in-points (Shawn, Sandra, and Beth don't count). In order to play all you have to do is create an account on our website using your Facebook or Twitter, and get to social media-ing. So like, share, comment and tweet to start playing!  Contest ends March 20, 2015 [Employees of The Locals, and their relatives, are eligible to play The Locals Dry T-Shirt Contest.]

  • Bake a Pi with The Locals

    Follow Sandra and Beth in their quest to gather information for The Locals Food Hub. Having fun along the way, they are working on their raspberry pi bake-off project recipe. 


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