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  • 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.

  • Maria's Homemade Country Fare

    If you have ever met Maria you know how wonderful it is to be around her. She always has a smile on her face and a contagious laugh that reminds you that no matter what is going on, things aren't so bad. She has been making her famous jellies, salsas and pickles for many years, and has the recipes down to a science. Seasonally, you can also find her delicious chocolate dipped strawberries and cherries. Maria is an active member of the Conway farmers market, she sells her products at numerous retail locations and participates in Conway Locally Grown. Recently, she opened her own store located on 116 North Broadview, Greenbrier where you will able to find all her goodies. We can't say enough good things about Maria, she is just the best! 

  • Tammy Sue's Critters

    Tammy Sue lives in North Little Rock with her family, some chickens, honeybees and lots of goats. She milks the goats, freezes the milk in ice cube trays and then uses it to make soaps, lotions and lip balms. Her products are of top quality and you can find them in many retail locations. To scent her products she uses all natural essential oils, which range from lavender and peppermint, to gardenia and grapefruit. She jumped on The Locals bandwagon early into the project and always has kind words to encourage us with. She is amongst the most successful entrepreneurs out there, running her own business and making all her products from her home kitchen and studio. Tammy is a wonderful person to meet and a pleasure to work with.

  • Scratch

    Scratch was inspired by Lynn's love of making things from scratch. Starting with oil cloth aprons and bibs, Lynn found joy in sharing her creations with others. In addition to the aprons, Lynn makes delicious sourdough breads from a starter that dates back to 2006. Her fresh baked lemon poppy seed and brownie sourdough breads are highly coveted and usually run out within hours of being dropped off. Lynn has been part of The Locals team since the beginning of the project. She is so nice and caring that anyone who meets her gets a warm, fuzzy feeling of being appreciated. Eager to share with others, she will happily share her sourdough starter and give you advice on how to care for it. We always look forward to her deliveries early Tuesday mornings and greatly appreciate having her as part of The Locals team.

  • Style by Shanna

    This mother daughter team of artists make the cutest and geekiest stuffed toys out there. Their impressive crocheting skills bring Pacman, Pikachu, Davy Jones and other beloved characters to life. An active participant of comic conventions and craft fairs, you can always count on finding them with a contagious laugh and quick smile on their faces. In addition to the toys, they make hats, scarves, ear warmers and other cold weather accessories that are sure ways to keep you warm in the winter. Find them at https://www.facebook.com/stylebyshanna

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