Homesteading trend growing in Arkansas

Arkansans turning to homesteading to grow produce

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- You don't have to live on a farm to grow your own vegetables and herbs. And as more people are realizing that, they're deciding to grow their own produce right in their backyard, which has led to the trend in homesteading.

Britt Talent is the co-founder of the Arkansas Homesteading Conference. He showed THV11 how people are converting trash or old items into something useful: a way to grow plants. At the St. Joseph Center, the garden has old tubs, old feeding tubs, vertical pallet gardens, and other small, garden options that can be placed almost anywhere.

“Herbs, tomatoes, watermelons, you can grow anything," said Talent. "Bathtubs, any kind of a container you can hold a water reservoir beneath the garden people are starting to do that now."

The trend is catching on across the country and across generations.

"Folks in their teens, on into folks retiring who want to homestead themselves," said Talent.

This comes as more people want to know where their food comes from.

"Making sure they’re getting something real and not GMO," said Talent.

There is an urban homesteading conference being held Saturday at St. Joseph Center in North Little Rock to teach people how they can get into homesteading.

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