Vet Veggies in Springdale, a veteran-owned enterprise, provides fresh leafy green hydroponic-grown vegetables and herbs year-round to Northwest Arkansas restaurants and grocers. The company is a proving ground for sustainable climate-controlled freight shipping container vegetable farming.
The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is launching NWA Farm-Link, a free online interactive program to connect farm seekers with farmland owners. Farm-Link, which transacts farm properties in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties, offers transfer options including land sale, leasing, or apprenticeships.
Jared Phillips is a professor of international studies at the University of Arkansas, but he's also a farmer and a multi-generational Ozarker. He's also the author of Hipbillies: Deep Revolution in the Arkansas Ozarks. Today, he talks about how the rise of the population in northwest Arkansas has contributed to the disappearance of farmland in the area.
The Arkansas Native Seed Program established by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission has partnered with a dozen agencies and nonprofits, including Audubon Arkansas, to seek out and work with farmers willing to grow wildflowers and grasses to produce large quantities of locally sourced native seed for use in wildlife restoration projects throughout the state.
Six cultivars of medicinal hemp are being harvested on a farm operated by Arkansas Hemp Genetics, LLC in rural northwestern Washington County. After a century-long prohibition, hundreds of thousands of acres of hemp are under cultivation across the U.S., including over 3,000 acres in Arkansas.