Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rural Friendship Development Day

A number of the LL.M. candidates participated in a local event last week, Rural Friendship Development Day. The event began with breakfast at Farm Bureau Insurance followed by a series of speakers who addressed our local food system. Included were representatives from Wal-mart's local food initiative, Harps, a regional employee-owned grocery store chain, and Ozark Natural Foods, the local food cooperative. Each discussed how locally grown fresh produce is bought and marketed in their stores, and the impact of this on our community.  Participants then toured two area farms Cobblestone Project Farm and MWD Farms.  The Cobblestone Project Farm in Fayetteville is a special initiative designed to use agriculture to help the under-resourced in Northwest Arkansas by focusing on Hunger Relief, Education, Economic Development, Community, Food Production and Sustainability.  MWD Farms in Prairie Grove is a local family farm that now markets its produce through Walmart.

The LL.M. candidates thoroughly enjoyed the event and came back with many interesting issues to discuss.

As most of our LL.M. candidates come from out of state, we are always pleased to have opportunities for them to learn more about our community.  We are proud, and they are sometimes surprised at all that   Fayetteville has to offer.  Special thanks to Julianne Darnell, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Manager of Communications for her efforts in organizing the event.

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