LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A group of 12 North Little Rock High School students and The People Tree will host their ground breaking for the North Little Rock Community Farm and Research Hub on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Freshman Campus Mini-Auditorium beginning at noon.
EAST Initiative and The People Tree will present businesses and community members with an overview of the future plans for the North Little Rock Community Farm and Research Hub, as well as break ground on the first garden. The event is open to the public, media, and local businesses and is designed to inform the community about what is happening and being planned for the North Little Rock Community Farm and Research Hub.
EAST Initiative and The People Tree are working with existing growers, processors, our facilitator Kj Kite, and distributors, as well as, farmers' markets, restaurants, and consumers to develop an infrastructure for a long-term equitable and sustainable food system that can address the underlying causes of hunger and poor nutrition created by the current industrialized food system.
In addition to developing infrastructure for school farms and growing and maintain plant and vegetable life, EAST Initiative and The People Tree are working with schools, local initiatives, and coalitions to educate the general public about healthy eating habits, active lifestyles, importance of social interaction and community engagement.
"To me what we are doing means a true difference. We are taking a few gardens and a major resource hub and changing North Little Rock and Central Arkansas as we know it. We are changing the community one step at a time, and you don't realize that until you sit down and think about it. I still cannot capture that this is finally breaking ground." -Mason Graves, Project Chairman
"This project is an example of what can happen when people come together to address two basic needs we all share: food and a sense of belonging. By working together to ensure that all people have access to affordable, nutritious food, we can not only strengthen the health and well-being of individual citizens but can also strengthen the health and cohesiveness of the community at large." -Josh Fendley, President of The People Tree