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The Western Hills Garden is a partnership between the City of Little Rock and The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. It has existed for a year and has a half-acre plot. We've harvested about 14 thousand pounds of food to date that has gone to either The Arkansas Food Bank or local food pantries. It is located at Western Hills Park in Southwest Little Rock. The Western Hills Garden would not be possible without generous help from Nathanael Wills, Jeremy Adams, and dedicated volunteers.

  • Mission: To reduce food insecurity in Arkansas through direct hunger relief, education, and advocacy.
  • Goals of Program: Increase the pounds of fresh produce distributed thru the charitable food distribution system in Arkansas.
  • Client/Target Population: This garden helps support distribution efforts of the Arkansas Food Bank.
  • Partnership with LR Parks & Recreation in Western Hills park.
  • Established fall 2014 with ½ acre plot, producing 9000 lbs.
  • Spring 2015 produced 3300lbs
  • Expanding to 3, ½ acre plots by fall.

 

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Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth became interested in gardening during her senior year at Hendrix College, when visiting friends at Heifer Ranch on weekends. After graduating, she WWOOFed in Southern Spain then decided to to continue her studies in graduate school at The University of Arkansas and Humboldt University in Berlin, where she focused on Agricultural Economics and International Rural Development. 

She moved to Little Rock to serves with The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Cooking Matters in 2013. She now serves with The Arkansas Gleaning Project at The Western Hills Garden to provide local produce to The Arkansas Food Bank and local food pantries. She feels lucky to do work that she loves outdoors, alongside people that she admires.

Wednesday the 28th. .