We love to share about our farm and the Farmstand so that more people know how great local food is! This month we welcomed THV11, Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention's Double Up Food Bucks Program, and Senator John Boozman.
On August 16, 2022, Kim Doughty-McCannon, Bell Urban Farm's owner, was on the news with THV11 to share about the Farmstand. Kim highlighted all the locally-grown and locally-made products available at the Farmstand. From jams and jellies to bell peppers, bread, and pasta, the Farmstand supports more than 100 small farmers and artisans.
"Now, more than ever, it is a great time to support your local farmers and producers because we have had a really tough growing season, but any time you spend your money locally, you are infusing more money into your local economy, so it makes our towns more resilient," Kim said. Watch the interview.
Double Up Food Bucks
On August 18, 2022, Jeremy Adams, Double Up Food Bucks Manager with the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, visited to learn more about the Farmstand.
Kim explained, "We love participating with Double Up Food Bucks because we can help support our local farmers by buying more fresh produce from them, and we can make all of our local produce more accessible to all of our community members."
SNAP customers can benefit from the Double Up Food Bucks program from May through October. Learn more about the program.
Senator John Boozman
And on August 23, 2022, Senator John Boozman visited the farm during his annual Arkansas Ag Tour. Senator Boozman is the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture committee.
Kim reflected, "It was nice to speak with the senator and his team about the history of our farm, and how we are members of the Certified Naturally Grown and Homegrown by Heroes programs. We got to show them how we implement sustainable and regenerative farming practices at Bell Urban Farm and how they are beneficial to our community and the environment. We felt very honored to be included as a stop on his Ag tour where is is traveling the state to hear what Arkansas farmers have to say about the current agricultural climate. We hope he takes what he learned on his tour and creates programs that will be beneficial to small farmers as part of the 2023 Farm Bill."
Following the visit, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published a background piece on the history of Bell Urban Farm and the Farmstand. Read the article.
From left to right: Bell Urban Farm employee, Dylan Romine; owners, Zack McCannon and Kim Doughty-McCannon; and Senator John Boozman.