Nao Ueda will join us to teach Beginner Beekeeping. We are thrilled to have her teach at Dig In! Nao lives in downtown Little Rock with her human partner, 2 chickens, 2 ducks, and 60,000 bees.
Nao chronicles her life as an urban homesteader on a blog called GreenAR by the Day. Since 2008, GreenAR by the Day has attracted over 215,000 visitors. For two years in a row, the Arkansas Times has chosen Nao’s blog as one of the Best Blogs in Central Arkansas. Previously, Nao worked for Audubon Arkansas and Viridian, a sustainable building consulting firm that specializes in LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
In 2006, Nao co-founded the Arkansas Sustainability Network, or ASN. She started the ASN Local Food Club and helped coordinate the first ever green expo in Arkansas.
Currently, Nao serves as a Commissioner for the Little Rock Sustainability Commission. In addition, she serves on Metroplan’s Regional Planning Advisory Council and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Diversity and Outreach Committee. Nao is a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and LEED Green Associate. In 2011, Nao was chosen by the Arkansas Business Publishing Group’s annual Green Guide as one of its Eco-Heroes.
Nao loves gardening, cooking, biking, hiking, birdwatching, beekeeping, and yoga.
Chef David Lewis is the creator of Brick House Kitchen and BHK Kafé with a focus on fresh, local cuisine like none other. Chef Lewis is a driving force in the local-food movement in Fayetteville and his generosity with the Dig In! festival has been amazing. Not only is he gifting our supporters with tasty selections at our opening reception (See schedule.) but he is also going to get us thinking about creative and delicious ideas for seasonal cooking.
Most recently, David taught a healthy family cooking class at a local school that drew over 100 attendees. We are so honored and delighted to have Chef Lewis to help us make Dig In! 2012 something that will be memorable to your mind…and your taste buds! Please check out the BHK Kafé website here….better yet, visit and taste!
Karyn Zaremba has been growing and using herbs in the Ozarks, New Mexico and Colorado for the past 40 years. Most recently, she has been a partner of Bean Mountain Farms and the primary grower of a vast variety of herbs, both annual and perennial. She has studied herbs and their uses both privately and at a variety of conferences and workshops, as well as currently studying with Deb Soule from Avena Botanicals and Maia Toll of Earthwise Ways. Making herbs part of the daily diet and learning to use them for health and wellness, as well as medicinal uses, have become a large part of her focus. She is currently developing herbal gardens and teaching some herbal classes at her home in Fayetteville, Herbal Simplicity. She also hosts small events both indoors and in the gardens. More will be offered as the property is developed further. This class will include ways to expand our daily use of herbs, demonstrations of making some herbal products, gardening tips, tea sampling, and a question and answer period. Find her at Herbal Simplicity on Facebook.Read More
Class: Beginner Gardening & Composting with Jane Maginot & Dana Smith
Jane Maginot (left) moved to the Boston Mountains four years ago with her husband, James, to start a small diversified farm, Beyond Organics Farm. Together they raise a better soil using vegetables, goats, poultry and cattle. The farm is in its early stages and growing leaps and bounds every year. Off farm, Jane is a Program Associate in Water Quality for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. Prior to coming to Northwest Arkansas, Jane worked and lived in the East African country of Tanzania as an Executive Director for a small non-profit and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Jane is currently the race director for the 2012 Winslow Half Marathon and 5k Run.
To see more information about Beyond Organics Farm, check out their website: www.beyondorganicsfarm.com
Jane will be partnering with the extraordinary Dana Smith to talk about Beginning Gardening and Backyard Composting at Dig In!
Dana Smith is the Sustainability Coordinator for Fayetteville Public Schools where she works with students, teachers, and staff to be responsible environmental stewards. She has also served as the Conference Session Coordinator Assistant for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) Conference for the past two years. Dana previously served as the manager of the University of Virginia Community Garden and interned on a small produce farm in Virginia before moving to Fayetteville a year and a half ago. She’s passionate about local food systems, school gardens, and continually learning more through gardening adventures.
The foundation of organic gardening is the health of the soil. In this class, we will be talking about the steps you take to start your garden: edible landscapes; soil amendments; site location, crop rotation; and other concepts to consider when starting your garden. We will also go over different styles and methods of composting to find which one is right for your needs.
Herb Culver will be teaching the class on seed saving at Dig In! 2012 as well as be a participant in the FCGC seed swap. (Check out our schedule for all the class offerings.)
Herb Culver has been gardening for 35 years. For twelve years he has operated Bean Mtn Farms, a greenhouse nursery producing open pollinated and heirloom plants, with partner Karyn Zaremba. He has been saving seeds since visiting the Seed Savers Exchange demonstration garden in 1986. Some of the varieties offered by Bean Mtn. Farms are unique and are not commercially available elsewhere.
The seed saving workshop will be a hands on demonstration of how to save seeds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. No experience is necessary and it will be intended for home gardeners.
Chef Tuesday Eastlack is Culinary Instructor at NWACC and will be teaching a “Cooking in Season” class at Dig In! 2012 to help up learn how to use garden or farmers market fresh produce in the kitchen. (Check out our schedule for all the class offerings.) We are delighted to see what delicious ideas Chef Tuesday will share.
Chef Tuesday Eastlack Culinary Instructor, GM Ginnie’s Cafe: For 25 years Chef Tuesday worked as an executive chef. Her celebrated career has been featured in the NY Times, Ford Times Magazine, Arkansas Times, Arkansas Business Journal, and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, as well as several TV and radio interviews. During this time, she cooked for many celebrities and heads of state including the King of Thailand and President George H. Bush.
She began the transition to teaching part time in 2000 at Fayetteville High while developing food service operations for University of Arkansas Athletics. In 2009 her students won the Arkansas ProStart competition and appeared in Guy Fieri’s “Top of the Class” on the Food Network Channel. Chef Tuesday currently teaches at NorthWest Arkansas Community College and manages the student run cafe.Read More
Patrice Gros is founder/owner of Foundation Farm & Farming School in Eureka Springs. At Dig In! 2012, Patrice will be teaching “No-till Farming: how to create a perfectly natural and nutrient-rich soil to grow your plants.” (Check out our schedule for all the class offerings.)
Patrice Gros was raised in Marseille, France until he graduated at age 22 from college with a degree in business. He went on to obtain his MBA from UCLA and pursued a career in corporate finance and personal money management.
All of this could have well continued if not for a move to get away from the city crowds. With a new home in Ojai, CA and an acre of land peppered with fruit trees, a first garden was thrown in. So there it was, heart-shaped and barely 100 square-feet, and with it, a deep life transformation of the most gentle and unexpected kind.
Today, many seasons and thousands of hours of raking, hoeing, mulching and harvesting later, Patrice’s gardening passion is alive and well. Only the scale has changed. Patrice now runs Foundation Farm, a 5 acre certified organic farm in the Arkansas Ozarks not far from Eureka Springs. The farm is a no-till, highly sustainable, organically certified operation which supports Patrice and his family.
All of the farm’s 25,000 lbs of produce harvested yearly are sold the next day within a 50 mile radius. The farm is often visited by groups and schools and is a social focus for neighboring communities. The farm crew is a mixture of volunteers and season-long trainees enrolled in Foundation Farm’s farming school.
Patrice is the co-founder of the Eureka Springs Farmers’ Market, now in its 8th successful season. He sits on the boards of the Eureka Farmers’ Market and of Carroll County Fresh!, a non-profit organization which promotes the advancement of local farmers and public education on the issues of nutrition and local food supply.Read More
Amber Tripodi and Sam Kim will be teaching the Good Bugs/Bad Bugs workshop at Dig In! 2012. (Check out our schedule for all the class offerings.)
The Good Bugs/Bad Bugs workshop will introduce you to the insect world and help you to recognize both friend and foe in your crops. We’ll also show you ways to encourage the good guys and get rid of the bad guys.
Amber Tripodi is researching the population genetics of native bumble bees and carpenter bees. Both are PhD students in Entomology at the University of Arkansas.
Soo-Hoon (Sam) Kim is researching chemical ecology of blackberry pests and integrated pest management in fruit production.
Calvin Bey will be our teacher for “How to Grow Nutrient Dense Vegetables” for Dig In! 2012. (Check out our schedule for all the class offerings.)
The class is designed for those with little to much gardening knowledge and experience. Calvin Bey will cover the following topics: (1) The importance of nutrient dense produce, (2) Characteristics of nutrient dense produce, (3) How to measure nutrient density (4) Organic gardening techniques for growing nutrient dense vegetables, including soil testing, fertilizing, soil biology, cover crops, energy management and much more.
Calvin Bey grew up on a farm in Michigan and is a retired USDA scientist, with a deep concern about human health and environmental values. Over the past 50 years he has gardened in ten different areas, and trained under John Jeavons using the Grow Biointensive approach. He has studied gardening extensively, including the techniques for growing vegetables that are Nutrient-Dense. In Fayetteville, he has grown over 40 different kinds of fruits and vegetables. See: http://harmonygardens.blogspot.com
Mariah and Ira White will be teaching the “Backyard Chickens” class at Dig In! (Check out our schedule for all the class offerings.)
Mariah and Ira White have lived in Fayetteville for over 10 years, gardening organically and raising backyard chickens for most of that time. Eventually what started as a hobby outgrew their house in town.
They now have an 18 acre farm located a few miles south of downtown Fayetteville – the best of country and city life. Currently they are raising 200+ free ranging chickens, 7 pigs on pasture, 2 wild kids, and have recently added a sweet dairy cow named Scarlett. All of their animals are hormone and antibiotic free. They also tend a half acre vegetable garden, all naturally.