Keep The Lights On!: Third Annual Harvest Run


Join us!

Every year we host our Harvest Run & Walk 5K. This is our only major fundraiser and it makes all of our programing possible.

It’s fun! Previous years’ Harvest Runs have been held at Bona Dea Trail in Russellville but this year it’s coming home to downtown Dardanelle! The route starts at the Latham’s Furniture Store and ends at the US Post Office, both on Front Street.

Read more about this year’s event below!



Participants get an awesome t-shirt designed by artist Bryan Moats. We offer awards in each division and a chance to learn more about the community!

When you become a sponsor or sign up for the run you are automatically entered into this year’s raffle.

Raffle items include

  • Homemade cinnamon rolls from Bakers Gonna Bake in Dardanelle
  • Handcrafted signs for your home from Rebekah Avila
  • Hen Pins and a hand drawn vegetable calendar from Azul Home
  • Posters and stickers from Bash-O-Bash
  • and more!

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Be a virtual runner!

If you don’t live near or are unable to participate and still want to support our work, you can run “virtually” in your own hometown or you can sign up as a sponsor of the run. Donations of ten dollars or more get your name or organizational name on the back of the shirt.

After Party

We’ll be hosting an open house and art reception at the McElroy House after the run.

  • Art from Kim Doughty-McCannon and others
  • Free art lessons by Susana Torres in the kids room
  • Art historian Gayle Seymour is coming to talk to us about the significance of our town’s WPA mural
  • Muralist at work painting with Arkansas artist Larissa Gudino
  • Artisan baked goods from local panaderías and pie makers
  • Bring your legal questions to Law to Go during and after the race! Attorney and owner Stephanie Harris will answer your questions and talk about her low cost law firm

Previous years


Why We Especially Need Your Support in 2017

In the past, proceeds from the Harvest Run have gone solely to the McElroy House gardens and programming, while the bills for the space were paid for by a few key members. Now that we are open more hours and offering more gatherings, our utilities are going up. Individual members can no longer afford to pay out of pocket to keep our doors open. We really want to be open every week and whenever there is a need! But to do that we need YOUR HELP!

Individual runners and walkers
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Groups of 10+
Sign up (at $15 each. 25% discount!)

Sponsors or monthly sustaining members
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Where Your Money Goes

We have to raise around $3,000.00 to keep the building operational for our programing and diaper bank. This includes the utilities, the water bill for the food and flower gardens, and the property taxes. Anything we raise on top of that—whether through the Harvest Run or through our soon-to-be unveiled membership model—goes straight to our programing. (We’ll be unveiling our membership plans after the first of the year!)

One thing we know how to do is s-t-r-e-t-c-h a dollar. Whenever we can, we trade or re-use. This past year we received a $5,000 grant from Alternate ROOTS, which allowed us to put all that money back into local artists, artisans, and businesses as well as purchase some higher quality recording equipment we can now use to document local stories and histories. When you come to the Harvest Run After Party you’ll get to learn all about what we did with this grant!

But we simply can’t trade anything for the water bill or the electric company or the tax collectors. So when you sign up for the Harvest Run—as a runner, walker, or sponsor—your donation makes everything else happen. This operational funding is the backbone of our work. It allows us to keep the lights on so we can offer these art workshops. It allows us to grow the food that goes to the community. It allows us to open up our doors to the community so we can plan big events, like we’ve hosted at Dog Ear Books and at Fall Fest this past year.

Take a Look at Your Support

Click through the photos below to see just a few of the things your support makes possible!

This past year we have hosted workshops on wild foods, ethical hunting, workshops on early childhood education, conversations about cooperatives, art workshops, and knitting circles. We grow food and flowers for food banks and offer a butterfly garden for the community. We are building a place to come together across differences to build community support. And it all begins in our living room. Help us make this work possible! Every single dollar really does matter.













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Big News!: Giving Tree Grant from Pope County Community Foundation!


Goats at the Campbell’s house. Image by Saira Khan.

We’re so very pleased to formally announce we have been named as a recipients of one of the Giving Tree grants from the Pope County Community Foundation! 

This grant will help us move forward with our project, and we’re so thankful for their support!

Below you will find a copy of our press release. Feel free to share far and wide!

For Immediate Release: Pope County Community Foundations Supports Local Garden Research

The McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History and Community Action is proud to be named a recipient of a recent Giving Tree Grant from the Pope County Community Foundation for their ongoing Garden Book project.

The Garden Book Project seeks to explore the diverse stories of small-scale gardeners and growers in the Yell and Pope County areas, focusing on the people behind the gardens and thus illuminating the power of sustainable living, the need for teaching youth these skills, and the diversity of sustainable growing traditions in the region. Both Pope and Yell Counties have a long-standing tradition of small-scale growing and backyard gardening, and while this tradition has somewhat waned in recent years, small-scale food production continues to supply food for many residents and is experiencing a revival in small pockets throughout the community. This grant will help toward printing costs for the book. 

Much more than a tradition, small-scale gardening is a practical resource for the community. In both Pope and Yell Counties nearly twenty percent of the population live below the poverty line with many families relying on food banks and state assistance to supplement their grocery needs. Far too often fresh foods, especially organically grown vegetables, are financially of reach for many citizens. Yet the region is filled with available land and a long growing season making it possible for increased food production that could greatly offset at least a portion of the community’s nutritional needs. The goal of the Garden Book Project is to not only document the wisdom of this living tradition, but to also encourage a larger community conversation about the importance of local growing, the ways in which the community can come together to support the needs of existing small-scale growers, and encourage conversations that can help us organize for the future.


Kristin Simmons with one of her chickens. Image by Saira Khan, research by Marie Williams.

The book will be available in both print and online and will feature the beautiful images of Russellville photographer Saira Khan. A series of radio pieces will also accompany the book and the McElroy House will be working in partnership with El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center to offer bi-lingual books and resources. Members of the research team include Meredith Martin-Moats, Marie Williams, and Kelsey Trotter, with  support from Rachel Townsend and Bryan Moats. 
As part of our project we’ve already met with a grandfather and grandson who grow together for both themselves and a local food bank, a family of teachers who raise goats, and a young twenty-two year old modern homesteader with a growing flock of chickens. These stories of local growers help to demystify gardening, especially to younger generations while also building pride in local knowledge and resources. The generous support of the Pope County Community Foundation will help us move this project forward.

The McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action is a research and advocacy organization for the support and exploration of folklife, oral history, sustainability, holistic land use, community action, and inter-cultural and inter-generational partnerships in Yell County and the Arkansas river valley. We seek to explore how the past connects to the present and how we can weave this knowledge into a stronger future for everyone, old-timers and newcomers alike.