Back to the Land


Many of the stories we have heard here in Fayetteville are about the land: growing up on the land or moving out to rural Arkansas in adulthood. Below, (1) sisters Mavourneen West Hogue and Kathleen West described growing up in Middle Fork Valley, Arkansas, raising their own food, and the sense of responsibility and interdependence it fostered in them. (2) Diana Rivers (left) told her friend Allyn Lord (right) described creating the struggles of creating a rural community called Sassafras in Newton County, Arkansas and the rural community that she co-founded more recently called Ozark Landholding Association (3) Mary Loots (right) told her friend Deborah Coody (left) about her and her husband’s adventures as a young couple learning to farm in rural Arkansas.




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  • I used to live at Sassafras with Diana Rivers and our community. It’s still some of the best memories I have…until the end when all the male members were “evicted”…other than that it was a wonderful experience. It’s still the source of some of my best stories…some of which I can even tell my wife and children…many of which … maybe not.

    Comment from Jay Brandt on September 27, 2009 at 11:14 am - Reply to this Comment

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