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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Groups of 10+
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Cleaning rags hanging out to dry on the backyard clothesline.

We have wonderful news!

For a while now we’ve been an organization without a building. But that’s soon to change!

We recently begun work on our building, the McElroy House!

Located at 420 S. 2nd Street in Dardanelle, Arkansas, this small house was built in the late 1940s and served as the inspiration behind our name.

We’ve got a lot of work left to do, but soon(ish)we’ll be using it as a community resource space and idea hub where folks can stop by and say hello, share local cultural resources, learn more about and engage in  community-based media work, and (eventually) take a walk through our kid-friendly food, water and butterfly garden.

For now we’re in the process of cleaning up the building, brainstorming and building sustainable fundraising models, and getting our organizational plans in place so we can most effectively serve the community.

We are beyond thankful for the support we have received from friends near and far. Thank you, thank you, thank you for believing in our work. It’s finally coming together.


Bryan Moats cleaning the front windows.

Parking Lots and Such

Our first building related project is finding funding for, and installing, a few designated parking spaces, as required by the City of Dardanelle under our special use permit. We’re researching affordable ways to utilize what’s often referred to as “low impact design,” a way of approaching construction that works with nature rather than against it.

Parking lots are known for creating increased water runoff in neighborhoods, which leads to soil erosion, water contamination, and flood damage.  Even though our lot will be quite small, we feel this is a great opportunity to explore how principles of low impact design can be utilized in all communities, including low-income small towns in the rural south. We’ll be using our parking lot as a working experiment and working with the University of Arkansas’s Center for Community Design to come up with a plan to reduce storm water runoff and create a simple solution to our parking issue that is affordable and created locally. More on this in the very near future.

Ways You Can Help:

All of our work is grassroots and volunteer-based. If you’re interested in donating time, money, or resources, please let us know and we promise to put them to good use. We’re working to build locally-sound models for our work, which isn’t just about funding our own work,  but about collectively generating and supporting sustainable resources for the larger community. So let’s do this. If you’d like to get involved, donate time or money, or just learn more about what we’re doing and why we think it matters, please let us know. You can contact Meredith at