Little Rock Green Scene
Arrive in Little Rock, check into your hotel and begin your tour of Little Rocks Green Scene. Your first stop will be a tour of the LEED-certified Heifer International Headquarters
and Heifer Village
. These two beautiful buildings are situated on what was once a polluted brownfield and both buildings on the Heifer campus have achieved the LEED Platinum certification. Heifer International is a nonprofit and its mission is to end hunger and promote self reliance worldwide through sustainable farming and animal husbandry practices. Dont forget to visit the on site garden at Heifer Village.
From Heifer, take a walking or driving tour of Little Rocks newest green neighborhood, the SOMA
, South of Main district. This quirky and eclectic neighborhood borders the historic Quapaw district
and is home to local eateries with a focus on fresh, local fare and a new community of modern green homes. You can have lunch in SOMA at the Root Cafe
and enjoy locally sourced meats, breads, eggs and vegetables in a casual environment or head across the street to Community Bakery one of Little Rocks premier bakeries and dine on delicious homemade soups and sandwiches. Dont forget to visit the Green Corner Store
for an old-fashioned milkshake at our local Loblolly Creamery and Soda Shop and enjoy your shake surrounded by sculptures and herbs in the Bernice Garden
After a satisfying lunch and tour of SOMA its time to head over to the Dunbar Educational Garden
for a tour of a working educational urban farm. This large garden hosts lessons for more than 800 children each month during the school year and feeds them goods from the garden on each visit. Help feed the animals, see whats growing in the garden, or watch children learning about their food system. Or, take a leisurely stroll through one of Little Rocks largest vegetable gardens.
The next stop is in the Riverdale district
and a tour of the Winrock Headquarters
. Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people worldwide to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. The organization is headquartered on the Arkansas River
and was Little Rocks first LEED Gold Certified building. This building boasts a water collection system, passive solar orientation and a number of other environmentally-friendly features from which we can learn.
Make your way to Little Rocks best kept secret, Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts
. Set in Little Rocks unique botanical gardens, Wildwood is a gardeners delight. The park is open every weekday from 9 to 5, Saturdays 10 to 5 and Sundays noon to 5. Admission is free except on festival weekends and guided garden tours by Wildwood docents are available by appointment. Gardening workshops are offered on selected Saturdays in the spring and fall.
After a day in a beautiful garden, you will be ready to return to your hotel room to freshen up, rest, and get ready for a delicious dinner in Little Rock. Choose from a variety of restaurants that honor the principals of farm to table and support local farmers.
After a restful night in one of Little Rocks premier hotels you will be ready for another culinary adventure. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel or choose a food vendor in the River Market or head back to Main Street for pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee at Community Bakery. If you are craving a more hearty breakfast make the trek to BSides in Marketplace Shopping Center. This local eatery is a local favorite and is well-known for its amazing and ample breakfast fare.
After a satisfying breakfast, choose from one of three agricultural destinations all within an hour of Little Rock.
Heifer Ranch Tour
Heifer International offers a powerful global education experience at its learning center at Heifer Ranch, located in Perryville, Arkansas (45 miles northwest of Little Rock). Each program introduces participants to the idea that one person can make a difference in ending hunger and poverty.
Programs range from tours to multi-night programs that give participants a first-hand look at the challenges of hunger and poverty. Heifer Ranch programs are ideal for schools, congregations, youth organizations, families and individuals that want to learn more about the issues, Heifers sustainable solutions and what they can do to help.
Experiential, hands-on, interactive and fun, Heifer Ranch is also a farm complete with gardens and animals including water buffalo, camels and traditional farm animals such as pigs, goats and more.
Winrock International Conference Center and Institute
Petit Jean Mountain
Winthrop Rockefeller Institutes 188-acre campus on Petit Jean was once part of the home and cattle farm of Governor Rockefeller, and is built on a remarkably distinguished heritage. Rockefellers legacy continues to shape events at the institute. His life and influence is prominently displayed in the historical gallery and can be viewed in the interactive theater. Educational programs are designed to combine his legacy and ideas with the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System.
This site is poised on top of beautiful Petit Jean Mountain and adjacent to Winrock Cattle Farms. The conference center includes a wonderful hotel and restaurant and a demonstration farm.
P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain Farm
P. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert. He is the host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smiths Garden Home, P. Allen Smiths Garden to Table and the syndicated 30-minute show P. Allen Smith Gardens.
P. Allens garden home is a favorite destination of locals and visitors alike, where you can watch him build a beautiful 1,600 sq. ft. eco-friendly garden home in 150 days for $150,000. Please visit his website for information on tours and times.