Author Archive: Meredith Martin-Moats

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Rebuilding the soil

Rebuilding the soil

Back when it was still cold, we decided to try our hand at a no till garden — a mixture of hügelkultur and lasagna gardening. What in the world are these things? And why would we choose not to till our garden? I’ll start with the first question. Hügelkultur is a German word for a […]

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September 1, 2019 | By More
Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting

  I haven’t had a chance to write about it much, but I seldom choose to leave our house these days. My home is on the same land where my grandfather ran a truck patch, where my father grew up, and where I visited on the weekends as a young child. I love it here […]

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August 1, 2019 | By More
A view of the past

A view of the past

  It’s still foggy as I drive to the Arkansas Archeological Survey office at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain. The car winds around forested roads before reaching the fields of Santa Gertrudis and Red Angus cattle dotting the landscape of the former Winrock Farms.  At the top of the mountain, we head […]

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July 1, 2019 | By More
Where the wild hens roost

Where the wild hens roost

One afternoon, a neighbor stopped to ask if we had any chickens missing. All of ours were accounted for, happily scratching around the yard and pooping in places I’d rather they didn’t. It seems that a small flock of hens had taken up on the property across the road. Our neighbor wasn’t sure where those […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
When friends pass on

When friends pass on

We recently lost our sweet Katie Dog to heart failure. A few weeks before that, we lost our cat Orwell to old age. In both cases, we buried them behind the shed near where my own childhood horses and dogs are buried — a morbid, but peaceful, reminder that our family has been on this […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
A commitment to community

A commitment to community

Winter is here and most Farmers Markets are closed for the season. For a lot of growers, the cooler seasons are a time for planning and reflection and learning from the successes and mistakes of the growing season. This past year my family and I ran a market booth we called Sulphur Springs Truck Patch. […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More
Kindred at Home

Kindred at Home

Kindred at Home is a national organization with a local office located on Main Street in Russellville. They offer expert home health, hospice and community care to Russellville and the surrounding areas. A core goal of their outreach is to reduce unplanned hospital visits and to assist area residents in maintaining their independence. With 13 […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More
A History of Russellville and its Heroes

A History of Russellville and its Heroes

The Russellville Fire Department’s (RFD) newest station has been in the news a lot lately. Just a few months ago, staff moved from their old location next to Russellville City Hall to the state-of-the-art three-story building on El Paso Avenue. With Russellville’s population growing each year, this spacious new building gives the RFD room for […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More
Shilo’s savior

Shilo’s savior

I met Shilo Schluterman and her therapy dog Javie at the Garage Arcade in downtown Russellville. Shilo was hard at work on school papers with plans to graduate from ATU this December. Just a few years ago graduation seemed impossible. Shilo suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an affliction common to combat veterans. Shilo enlisted […]

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November 1, 2018 | By More
Dog Ear Books

Dog Ear Books

Dog Ear books first opened its doors in November of 2016. Since then the downtown bookstore has grown exponentially. Walking into the brightly lit store at the the corner of Main and Commerce in Russellville, you’ll find a large selection of new books in all genres along with an ample used book section. You’ll also […]

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