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Scott Arkansas
 
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
The Scott Heritage Farm

SHF LogoScott Heritage Farm, located immediately adjacent to the Scott Plantation Settlement, is a 30-acre farm dedicated to building a unique and sustainable farming community for Scott and its surrounding cities which  is rich in both agriculture and heritage. Located along Ark. 165 approximately 20 miles southeast of Little Rock, Scott has an “Old South” feel fostered by an abundance of history. One of the finest examples of individuals working to save their heritage is the Scott Plantation Settlement.  The perfect setting for our family farm.

The Settlement showcases typical Arkansas plantation buildings; includes a hand-hewn cypress corncrib, 1840s log cabin, a wash house, several tenant houses and a blacksmith shop. Self-guided, outdoor walking tours throughout the year; group tours by reservation only; Civil War interpretive sign explaining the Battle of Ashley’s Mill, a portion of the Little Rock Campaign conducted by Union General Frederick Steele that led to the fall of Little Rock in 1863.

Scott Heritage Farm Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is committed to food production, in a wholesome and educational experience for those who are interested in both increasing the quality of food and the quality of care given the land, plants and animals while, substantially reducing potential food losses and financial risks for the farmer. It is also a method for small-scale farmers and gardeners to have a successful, small-scale closed market. focusing on the production of high quality foods using ecological, organic farming methods.

            A farm visit that explores how food is grown and how animals are raised is an ideal way for children to understand and connect with where their food comes from. By learning how a farm works, children experience the natural world in a new way and make a vital connection between the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in their lives. Scott Heritage Farm aims to provide an experience of environmental education and nutritional learning by connecting people to food, environmentally friendly farming practices, and the wild and domesticated animals that call this farm home.

             Along with your field trip to the Plantation, a guided farm experience can be scheduled. 

            Farm visits can easily meet curriculum requirements based on the following concepts:

·           Science & Math: Food webs, life cycles, habitat, soil exploration, watershed health concepts, photosynthesis, collecting data, measuring, problem solving and counting etc.

·           Language Arts & English Language Development: scavenger hunts, letters to farmers, vocabulary development

·           Nutrition and Health: farm fresh snacks, label reading, physical activity

 Scott Heritage Farm operates with a much greater-than-usual degree of involvement of consumers/ shareholders resulting in a stronger relationship and connection with their farmer and the food grown for the families. We have developed a cohesive consumer group that is willing to fund a ten (10) month growing season and we share the risk of food waste and/or financial loss.Sunflowers

Shareholders do not pay for pounds of produce, but rather support the budget of the whole farm and receive weekly/bi weekly what is seasonally ripe. This approach eliminates the marketing risks and costs for the farmer and an enormous amount of time, often manpower, and allows producers to focus on quality care of soils, crops, animals, and on serving the families. There is little to no loss (i.e. waste) in this system, since the producers know in advance who they are growing for and how much to grow, etc.

An advantage of the close consumer-producer relationship is increased freshness of the produce, because it does not have to be shipped long distances. The close proximity of the farm to the members also helps the environment by reducing pollution caused by transporting the produce. A CSA is the only way to assure families where their food is coming from and having a close connection to the land and people who support this type of farming.

Shares are limited!  For more information about the Scott Heritage Farm Project, contact Barbara Armstrong, farmer and pioneer at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it     

 

A wonderful dinner by the Capital Hotel chef for 125 cyclists at Scott Heritage Farms after a Settlement tour.  The weather was beautiful and the food fabulous!

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