Hot Springs On The GO!

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - IN THIS ISSUE - Beth Bright As­so­ciate editor

My cousin re­cently started his own lo­cal busi­ness. He's taken to ur­ban farm­ing, par­tic­u­larly rais­ing chick­ens and sell­ing eggs by the dozen to save up for his col­lege fund. He is 2 years old. I grew up in a fam­ily that val­ued grow­ing your own food, and while we never tended to a large gar­den, we had our good years with abun­dant fresh veg­eta­bles. In the years that weren't as fruit­ful, we made sure to sup­port those mak­ing a liv­ing from their green thumbs and tal­ents, and cel­e­brate their cre­ative, en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit.

In this is­sue, we're show­cas­ing Bloom­ing Wands Farm, which is the brain­child of third-gen­er­a­tion farmer Dayna Carter-Smith.

Vis­it­ing her farm in Bis­marck late last month, she in­tro­duced us to her herd of Nige­rian Dwarf Goats and a seem­ingly end­less stream of chick­ens that poured out of their coop as we left the grounds. Af­ter years in the “big city,” work­ing in New York City and Dal­las be­fore re­turn­ing home to Hot Springs, Carter-Smith will be the first to tell you she is now “liv­ing the dream,” pro­vid­ing pro­duce for lo­cal restau­rants.

Much like Carter-Smith, many of Hot Springs' and Gar­land County's young peo­ple are get­ting in­volved with the Hot Springs Farm­ers & Ar­ti­sans Mar­ket on des­ig­nated Youth Days at the Mar­ket. Young farm­ers and artists are en­cour­aged to bring their prod­ucts to sell on th­ese days.

We're also spot­light­ing Amelia Houser, who creates unique up­cy­cled art pieces from found ob­jects, in­clud­ing suit­cases, soda bot­tles and ce­real boxes. Houser con­sid­ers her­self a folk artist with projects of­ten form­ing from ob­jects she's col­lected.

Whether artis­tic, re­source­ful or a mix of both, Hot Springs has plenty of eco-friendly op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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