…and we invite you to participate!
Be it artwork, woodwork, pottery, macrame, quilts, soaps, jewelry, honey, flowers, plants, clothing, antiques…we’d love for you to get involved this year.
Let’s GROW our Farmers Market together!
Contact us now for help and ideas in planning your own booth or perhaps collaborating with a group!
What it is:
A Community & Children’s Learning Garden to include a solar powered greenhouse building for year round growing and many opportunities for exploring related subjects.
Children will learn permaculture methods, organic ecosystem principles and sustainability as well as nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices–green living free from pesticides and herbicides–and an appreciation for nature and the environment. —Healing ourselves and our planet, too!
Surrounding the greenhouse, we are planning to have outdoor growing areas with a combination of raised and in-ground beds and paths to beautiful and functional plantings and features including a butterfly garden mandala, fruit trees and outdoor seating areas for classes and visitors.
We’re excited about the many opportunities this will provide the children for learning through fun and engaging activities during the school year, but also the potential for events and programs to involve their families and the community year round:
- A science fair with kids working on worm farms and experimenting with solar power and any number of related projects.
- Children and members of the community taking the excess produce to sell at the farmers market.
- Classes where the children learn about nutrition, then host tasting tables where they share their knowledge with family and community.
- Children’s cooking classes, creating healthy dinners for family and friends with the produce they themselves have grown.
- Teen-focused summer programs with *regenerative agriculture focus.
- Mentorship programs with the senior gardeners in our community and
- Many other opportunities to be out in nature–connecting with others while learning empowering, life-enhancing skills.
Check out some fun ideas and inspiration on our pinterest board and let us hear from you if you’d like to be involved.
The project has been gaining momentum recently with Aaron Hunsaker (MAC’s Director) networking and leading the fundraising charge; the invaluable support of Drew Dunn (Master Gardener with emphasis in permaculture/regenerative agriculture); and other gardeners in our community including Kathy Spiegel and Brent and Laurel Anderson offering advice and encouragement.
We need like-minded individuals–those who are passionate about our health and the health of our planet–to join us in bringing this project to life! — [Write us here.]
Proposed site for the Children’s Learning Garden is the south end of the Mt. View Elementary football field. With the support of Mt. View’s Principal, Logan Kent, we received approval to move forward with this property by the MV District School Board, April 12th. We are now developing detailed plans for approval of phase one to include site survey, prep of land: grading and mulching and fruit trees planted (at earliest date possible) with our goal to have the greenhouse in place by this fall, 2021.
Thank you, Rocky Mountain Power!
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is supporting McCammon Action Council’s community garden as part of its most recent round of Safety and Wellness grants and wants to encourage others to support the effort as well, whether through donations to help them secure their greenhouse, or through volunteerism.
The foundation has provided a $5,500 grant to support this important work, and is providing additional support by increasing visibility for the organization through social media and local media.
Why I’m passionate about these topics—
If you know me, you’ve probably heard me express my passion for growing without chemicals and the impact of what we eat on our health and the health of our planet. This became a strong focus for me when I was researching to understand why my mom was ill and continued in earnest after her passing.
This quest led me on a journey where I made one connection after another and began questioning everything with regard to our food and healthcare systems, seeing with a new awareness the answers that seem so very obvious to me now. Along the way, I discovered other people including physicians, research scientists and laypeople like me who were making the same connections.
I didn’t discover Zack Bush MD until very recently but I’ve been sharing his work** ever since because he has the professional background and knowledge base to address these topics as well as a heart-centered, solution-oriented outlook. He speaks eloquently about these issues, with a focus on the positive action steps we can begin taking today.
His work and philosophy regarding the importance of our connection to each other and our beautiful planet along with diversity and cooperation on the micro and macro level really resonates and aligns with my personal findings and philosophy. I hope it inspires others in the same way!
If any aspect of the Children’s Learning Garden project speaks to you, please message us today. We’re looking for help in all areas so if you have skills to offer, equipment to loan or perhaps you’d like to donate or become a sponsor—we welcome your ideas and referrals to individuals or companies who may want to get involved.
Thank you! –LeAnn Brown, Committee Chair, Children’s Learning Garden Project
**Just released April 28, 2021 is the following video from Dr. Zach Bush. It simplifies Dr. Zach’s message in one relatively short video and reaches to the heart of the vision for the learning garden. Solutions within (!) so please watch and pass along to everyone you care about.
*Regenerative Agriculture – excerpt from zachbushmd.com on Farming:
In 1945 Americans grew 45% of their food in their backyard gardens. Now we grow 0.1% of our food in our backyards. 50% of Americans were farming in 1880, now less than 2% of the nation is employed in agriculture.
We created this era of chemical mega farms that has led to the destruction of our soils, water systems, oceans, and human health. By the same reality, we can transform this planet to the most verdant and regenerative ecosystem that has been in many millennia.
By learning to work in a co-creative process with mother nature and her extraordinary variety of species, farmers and consumers will participate to witness richer soils and more abundance of life and health than has been seen in human history.
Let’s rise together.
farmersfootprint.us – “A path to soil health and food independence.”
Explore the Knowledge Base Library: https://zachbushmd.com/knowledge-base
HELP us by voting YES, May 18, 2021
Back in 2018, the community spoke and ever since the MAC | McCammon Action Council volunteers have been working hard to bring our fellow residents’ ideas and requests to life.
Topping the list, residents wanted a new community center and fire station.
After months of hard work researching and brain storming, a plan was put in place which would make everything feasible, allowing McCammon to receive substantial grant money and other assistance needed to pull off these important projects in a way that ties everything together. (see below)
Now it is up to the residents to vote YES and we can get the ball rolling!
Following are posters breaking down the details. If you have questions or need more information before casting your vote, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
~Together We Grow!
It’s a win-win. Donate just $20. to support your favorite non-profit organization and receive this good-looking ACTION long sleeve T.
Or, for as little as $3.33/month, become a PATRON and receive discounts and free T’s based on your tier level. Check out all the details here: Become a Patron!
Contact us for more information or to reserve your shirt now!
P.S. Short Sleeve T’s in Sizes 2XL-4XL (color NAVY) are in-stock now in limited quantities. Contact us to reserve yours!
OUR THANKS to the many volunteers who make this event possible and the companies and organizations who host each fun and educational experience. We are grateful to have such generous, dedicated people working in these important positions in our community.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support and enjoy this event with us. —We’ll see you next year!
Kathy Spiegel, owner of Marsh Valley Farm…now at the Little Rock Cafe Monday through Saturday!
Plants, flowers, produce, eggs, raw honey, hand-made jewelry and other goodies are available along with outdoor dining or take-away.
We at MAC | McCammon Action Council so appreciate Kathy for bringing the Farmers Market to McCammon. This was a big goal of the MAC early development meetings…many residents expressed they would like to have a farmers market, but no one had been able to make it happen until Kathy agreed to lead the way.
The outdoor farmers market is held every Friday from 9-noon at the Pavilion Park on 6th and Center and while we continue to grow and expand the outdoor market, we are loving that we now have access to many of these items daily at her shop at Little Rock.
Thank you Kathy for all you do to make our community great!
*The day I stopped by for this photo shoot, the Tour of Idaho participants pictured above were enjoying lunch outside under the umbrella shaded tables and remarked about the warm hospitality Kathy provided them.
The motorcycle group is touring all the way from Malad to the top of Idaho and single riders as well as groups up to three will be stopping by the entire month of August for refueling and a brief respite before hitting the intense off-road trails again.
Our thanks to our sponsor for this movie, Idaho Central Credit Union and to Carol Green for organizing the Cruise Parade…Thanks also to our Movie Nights in the Park event lead producer: Sherri Bordeaux, and director, Aaron Hunsaker.
If you have ideas, would like to volunteer, or would like to be involved as a sponsor for any MAC | McCammon Action Council event, please reach out to us [contact] If you’re not already a subscriber, please subscribe and introduce yourself here: [subscribe]
As many residents know by now, MAC is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. Our goal is to continue to produce these new fun events as well as continually add more ways for us to gather, connect and share.
Thanks to one and all who came out to support this event and for all of you working behind the scenes in so many ways to make our community great…
…Our theme says it all. —Together we grow!
*If you or someone you know is featured in these images, I’d love to include that info below the photo…name(s) and car details. 🙂 Thanks! LeAnn
We’re gearing up for springtime and stocking up on our “Together We Grow” Totes in prep for year three (wow!) of our McCammon Farmers Market.
If you missed the chance to get your tote last year, we’d love to hear from you before placing this new order. WRITE US today to reserve yours!
“Together We Grow” Large Canvas Tote Bag produced by MAC | McCammon Action Council.
Perfect for the grocery store, farmers market, pool side…A generous size, it has long handles making it easy to carry over the shoulder.
So how do you get one you ask? Simply by supporting your favorite (😁), local, non-profit, volunteer-based, community organization: MAC!
Make a one-time donation of $20, – or – if you are a PATRON, receive a special discount and other goodies based on your tier level.
Contact us to reserve your tote bag now or come visit us at the farmers market every Friday and get yours there.
Vinyasa yoga is one of the most popular modern forms of yoga. In this type of yoga, you do a series of poses (or asanas) in a smooth, uninterrupted sequence. It’s also called vinyasa flow or flow yoga for the smooth way you transition in between the poses.
In vinyasa yoga, the focus is on linking one’s breath with the movement while transitioning between the poses. Inhalation is usually connected to upward, open movements, while exhalation is often tied to downward movements or twists.
From calming the mind to giving your body an invigorating workout, there are many benefits to vinyasa flow yoga!
🙏 Free! Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class with Kristi Hall-Baldwin.
(Most*) Saturdays, 9 am at the McCammon Depot.
All levels are welcome. —Please join us!
*(Please always confirm schedule w/Kristi in advance of attending.)