Farming

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Worries about food scarcity and hoarding during the COVID-19 pandemic are spurring more Americans to home garden for the first time. Farmer Lindi Phillips, who operates Willowmeade Farm in Prairie Grove, has been responding to online queries on where to dig and what is best to plant on the Ozarks bioregion. She's also sharing gardening advice on her Facebook page as well via her Instagram @matriarkie.

Courtesy / Future Farmers of America

A Springdale teacher has launched the first Future Farmers of America chapter at an online school. The FFA chapter is an addition to the agriculture courses already being offered at Arkansas Virtual Academy.

Courtesy / Arkansas Farm Bureau

Rain, heat and almost everything else has had an effect on Arkansas farmers in 2019 and those irregular weather patterns both harmed and helped them in their planting and harvesting.

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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.

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