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Friday, July 10, 2009

Saturday To-Do: Bountiful Arkansas Day

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BOUNTIFUL ARKANSAS DAY
9 a.m., Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain. Free.

Looking to grow your own fruits and vegetables, but don't know where to start? The Rockefeller Institute has you covered. On Saturday, it celebrates state-raised and produced food with Bountiful Arkansas Day. Farmers and organizations will be on hand to sell produce and offer information about Arkansas food and garden programs. Those with booths include the Arkansas Sustainability Network, Armistead Mountain Farm, the Arkansas Earth Institute and the Backyard Garden Project. Two horticultural workshops will be held (for $15) — a vegetable workshop from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and one on growing fruits from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors will be able to sample 20 different varieties of locally grown tomatoes (for $5). Free tours of the Rockefeller Institute's Heritage vegetable garden will be available throughout the day. At 4:30 p.m., Canadian journalists Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon, the authors of “Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet,” speak about their yearlong experiment to eat only food that came from within a 100-mile radius of their Vancouver apartment. Registration, via www.uawri.org, is required for the workshops and encouraged for the tomato tasting and lecture. Local bluegrass standouts Runaway Planet perform after the speakers.

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