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Farm2Work brings fresh direct

Submitted by Liz Fox on March 9, 2012 – 3:02 pmNo Comment

As part of expanded efforts to emphasize sustainability among students, Farm2Work’s mission lies in serving the local community. But instead of providing the standard workshop or meeting, they have offered something even more rewarding: an online farmer’s market to benefit UALR students, faculty and staff.

Farm2Work is a collaboration between the UALR Sustainability Committee and Sodexo Dining Services that sets out to provide fresh food for those who can’t fully utilize resources such as the River Market and the Argenta Market in North Little Rock. It is available year-round and offers local meats, cheeses and in-season produce.

Ordering is available once a week. Those who choose not to have their order delivered may schedule it for pick-up from Eggshells (located in the Heights) or the Kitchen Company in West Little Rock. As a bonus, the $25 enrollment fee is waived for the first two orders to allow the customer to experience a free trial.

How does it work? Farmers list their products on Thursday evenings, and the market opens on Friday morning for orders. Anyone who has created an account will receive an email at 10 a.m. notifying them of Farm2Work’s opening. On Monday nights, the market closes at 7 p.m. Throughout Tuesday, orders will be sent to farmers and packaged into freezers for shipment. Food will be delivered to your doorstep or to your pick-up location on the following Wednesday.

Accounts can be created at the Farm2Work website farm2work.locallygrown.net. If special instructions are needed for delivery, they can be provided in the comments box prior to order submission.

More information can be found at ualr.edu/sustainability.

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