On Saturday, Oct. 8 beginning at 1 p.m., the Faulkner County Library and the Urban Farming Project will host the 1st Annual Urban Farming Festival.  This event is free and open to the public.

Attendees will be able to sample the wares of local farmers and learn gardening techniques. There will be crafts and games for the kids as well as free bike tune-ups. Enjoy the live music and a community meal to follow at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 5 p.m.

Conway Locally Grown Farmers will be selling fresh produce and be providing fresh produce for the meal.

The Faulkner County Urban Farming Project (UFP) demonstrates responsible living to the community by the growing of food in a sustainable way.

While they are excited about many types of sustainability, their main focus is in educating the community in different ways to grown their own food for their families and neighbors. 

The UFP started behind the Faulkner County Public Library in Conway as a competition between three colleges, University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Central Baptist College, to see who could maintain the best garden.

At the end of the season, the gardens were to be judged on several factors to determine the ‘winner.’

However, as the time passed and gardens were established, something unexpected, though extraordinary, happened. Amidst the work to build three discrete competing gardens, the students and professors involved formed a bond that inspired collaboration more than competition.

They all had similar interests in practicing sustainable growing and living and enjoyed one another’s company to such an extent that they decided to work together.

Before the phenomenon was fully understood the community had formed one big gardening plot that everyone helped to cultivate. They broke the bonds of their college colors and developed relationships with not only students but also professors from the other academic institutions. 

Now they currently gather to meet over a meal and talk about sustainable ideals and what is going on in the community and those beyond.  The Urban Garden Project is truly unique and continues to develop as more people join in the journey for change.  

Come and join in the fun filled day with the Conway community and help make our city more sustainable! 

This event has been made possible by support and donations from the Friends of Faulkner County Library, UCA Foundation, UCA Sociology Dept., Hendrix College, La Lucha Space, and Conway Block.

For more information about the event please contact Alicia Allen amaallen2@gmail.com or contact the library at 501-327-7482 or Jeanetta@fcl.org.  The Library is located at 1900 Tyler St.