Arkansas Incubator Farm Project Cultivates Farmers and Community
The Woolsey Farm Project, spearheaded by NCAT Southeast’s Luke Freeman, is a collaboration between NCAT, Cobblestone Farms, and the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is supported by an EPA Environmental Education Award. The project seeks to educate Northwest Arkansas K-12 students and adults of all ages about sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, to demonstrate the effect of local food systems on the environment, and to illustrate the role that sustainable agriculture can play in environmental stewardship. In its first few months, the project has helped three incubator farmers start farm businesses, hosted the first two in a series of farm production workshops, and played host to honey bee hives from a cooperative of beekeepers hoping to improve the genetic stock of honey bees in Northwest Arkansas.