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As the saying goes, “You are what you eat!” In this issue, Natural Awakenings welcomes the growing season and time of planting our gardens.


Nationally, we are witnessing increasing consumer demand for farm fresh foods.


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4 Central Arkansas Edition/Little Rock


Author and radio host Melinda Hemmelgarn explores the ways communities across the country are advocating for improved access to high quality local foods in “Changing the Way America Eats” on page 16. In just the last four years, passionate farm advocates and consumers here in Central Arkansas have helped develop accessible connections to local food sources with more options springing up for consumers and restaurants to buy food directly from area farmers. Check out “Arkansas’ Local Food Movement: Connecting Farmers with Consumers” by Scott Binkley on page 19.


This past fall, Mike and I spent some time in Massachusetts and Vermont after our publisher’s conference at Omega Institute in upstate New York. It seemed everywhere we travelled, area restaurants featured signs in the window indicating their participation in the local food network. Maybe soon our eateries will carry a similar designation. To help you find some great options, we are currently working on a new Dining Guide featuring healthy, local food and green options as well as a seasonal resource page for local farmer’s markets, buying clubs and farms.


If you want to try your hand at growing some of your own food, this issue has plenty of resources. “Unconventional Gardens” by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko on page 22 explores several options for apartment dwellers or those living with small backyards and the accompanying sidebar on page 23 looks at several local community garden options. Also the news brief section on page 6 features several workshops offered throughout the area this month.


With our mild Arkansas winter this year, it seems everyone is eager to get out and about much earlier this year; we are thankful for the abundance of wonderful happenings in our community calendar on page 25. Be sure to see where you might enjoy connecting with like-minded groups and activities you would like be part of. The Hot Springs area may not be the place you would expect to find a Chi Kung Grandmaster from China teaching students and healing arts practitioners how to develop and work with their body’s chi energy (see article page 12). Consider that our area has many wonderful resources and surprises to be found right inside these pages.


Spring is also a time for personal growth and development. Our inspiration feature “Live Your Dash” on page 13 talks about how to make life more meaningful. As Lucille Ball said, “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”


To Life!


Katie O’Byrne, Publisher www.ArkNaturalAwakenings.com


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