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The Dunbar Garden was founded in 1992. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and two acre outdoor classroom. The garden's mission is to preserve the relationship between education and the natural world by providing hands-on, outdoor learning activities to students, teenagers, and adults. One key focus is teaching children the origin of the foods they eat. There are over 150 hands on gardening and environmental education classes taught at the garden each year. Dunbar serves students attending the nearby Gibbs International Magnet Elementary School and Dunbar Magnet Middle School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The garden functions as an innovative public/private partnership between Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Dunbar Community Garden, Inc., and teachers at Gibbs Elementary and Dunbar Middle School. 

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Audrey Long

Audrey is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas who's been influenced by the gentle life of the southern city/town growing up. She grew up endlessly curious about how the world around her worked and had early exposure to a range of social philosophies. This led her to study Social Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, a small New England school. She continued a love for life-long learning through work experiences in Business Development, IT Project Management and later in Production Management at Amazon.  Every week, she was charged to develop operations improvement projects to save processing time or money, or make operations safer for her team.  That's where the Japanese principal of "Kaisen" or "continuous improvement" was instilled in her as a way of life. 

Now she applies those principals to encourage gardening and healthy living with anyone courageous enough to listen, coordinating weekly Yoga sessions with a group in her hometown, feeding an interest in permaculture and all topics involving sustainable living, and sometimes working on fulfilling her fantasy of someday being a scratch golfer.

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Ethan Clarkson

Ethan apprenticed on a WWOOF farm in Elberton, GA for 2 seasons, and started/managed a (different) community garden in Little Rock called 'Plan-It! Earth Garden'. He worked on an organic Arkansas okra farm and an orchard up on Star Mountain, AR as well. Ethan believes he is a garden dork to the core.


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Kayla Baker

Kayla is from Eudora, AR, a small town in the southeast corner of Arkansas. While completing her service year with City Year, 2015- 2016, she noticed a need for educating the youth in her community about nutrition. She is looking forward to continuing to serve.

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Katy Lydon

Katy was born and raised in Indialantic, Florida with her parents and two sisters. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a BA in Anthropology and History in 2011. The summer before her senior year of college she began volunteering on a small organic farm called Our Community Farm Project. The farm provided a nearby community of refugees from Burundi with a direct link to their food source, a means to earn a supplemental income, and a way to maintain their culture. Her first gardening experience with Our Community Farm Project, and more recently on farms in Little Rock as well as other parts of the country, have shaped her views regarding food security and community. She believes that through garden-based education we can begin to create a connected, sustainable food system that improves access to healthy and affordable food.

Ariel Aaronson-Eves

Growing up in the Garden State, Ariel Aaronson-Eves was first exposed to gardening and composting by her parents, but it wasn't until she started exploring issues of global injustice in her early twenties that she realized how important these practices are. She began working for farmers, first through organizations that support small farmers, globally, and then directly on their farms. In January 2011, Ariel moved to Arkansas to be an education volunteer at Heifer International's Learning Center at Heifer Ranch, where she fell in love with farming and Arkansas. For the past two years she has been farming and gardening in both central and northwest Arkansas. She is excited to bring the skills she has acquired to Dunbar Garden, and for the opportunities it provides her with to help plants and people grow.

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Susan Alman

Susan was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She graduated from Hendrix College in 2007 with a BA in studio art with an emphasis in black and white film photography.  She didn’t become interested in farming/gardening until after her time at Hendrix, but she has been informally educating herself on the subject for the past four years.  She believes that every person has a right to healthy, nutritious food options and that the importance of knowing how food grows and where food comes from is invaluable.

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