I'm a veggie with net access - in Arkansas, no less!
I'm in the sw region of the state - y'sll from central AR? I'd love to have a potluck group or something like that (and also meet some animal rights folks), but Little Rock is a long way for somebody that doesn't even have a license! Yep - 22 and no license!
And no car, either! Sigh . . . if we only had public transport . . .
I live in Houston right now, but am thinking of moving to Fayetteville.
any advice? my husband loves the outdoors and it seems like there is a vegan community there. are we crazy for thinking of moving there? is it a nice place?
we run a buddhist center in our spare time, and are speech pathologists by day. so we just want a place where there are some educated people interested in buddhism, open minded, but also a good place to have a family. I work for the schools in houston, and cannot imagine sending my kids through the district I work for.
does anyone know about the schools in fayetteville? any other things I should research?
Hi! Well, as the title says, I lived in Fayetteville for five years (I just moved from there to here in Little Rock in May). First of all, it is a beautiful area of the state. Your husband will definitely have plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors. Secondly, it is probably one of the most liberal and open-minded areas of the state, even though NW Arkansas generally votes conservative. Fayetteville itself is a college town and there are some old hippies around as well. It seems strange that I never really got to know people in the formed liberal circles (I was busy with school), but they are there. Somehow, I identify Ozark Natural Foods as sort of a hub. It's a natural foods store that expanded in the last five years and is actually a hopping business now (I remember when it was in an old house off the square about 15 years ago--my parents used to travel 2.5 hours to shop there).
While I have not started a family yet, I would guess that it is a great place to have a family. Low crime, and the people are interesting and well-intentioned. It's not a huge city, but certainly large enough to have most things you'd want. The area itself is beautiful. There is a great park--Devil's Den--about 35 minutes away. There MUST be a vegan community, although again, I never really found them (strange since I've been a vegetarian since born and wanted to make friends that are similar). There was a vegan potluck club that met when I lived there. While I don't know specifically what buddhist groups are there, I am sure there are some. You could probably just check the message board at Ozark Natural Foods to find groups that meet. I'm sorry I keep mentioning that store so much...it's just that you will find a lot of the kind of people you're interested in either working there or shopping. As for the school system, if you would like to know specifics, I have several friends that are native to Fayetteville and went through the schools there. They still live there as well and I could pass along questions about the school system to them if you like.
I hope this is a little helpful! I would have messaged you, but I'm afraid I'm still in the dark about how to do some things on this site. Send me a message or post something here if you have other questions or want to talk more about Fayetteville. I am happy to pass along any info.
P.S. I noticed your signature, and I hate to say this, but the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is FULL of frat boys. Once I moved out of the dorm directly behind frat row, my quality of life got much better. Just don't go to Dickson Street bars on (especially) Thursday nights. They're everywhere, but generally gravitate mostly toward beer and sorority girls.
But again--Fayetteville has got some personality. And it's a great place if you're young or old.
I am a vegan with internet access and have lived in Arkansas my entire life. No offense taken of course. I would like all vegans and vegetarians alike to register at meetup.com as a vegan. Then we could have a meetup. I know Little Rock can be a journey for some. Maybe we could plan our own meetup without meetup.com somewhere else in the state. I live in the delta region (southeast arkansas)
feel free to email me anytime (unless you want to fwd me something "funny")
I hope you and your husband don't smoke. Smoking was just banned in Fayetteville in work places and retraunts. I have been in Fayetteville for 4 years now and have yet to meet another vegan. I can tell you fayetteville is also a party town lots of clubs and dance joints and bars. I don't know of any "vegan scene" unforunatly. I am absolutly certain there are other vegans I have just yet to meet any of them.
Fayetville public schools are decent from what I have seen. Certainly better than most of the state but Arkansas is pretty bad in that area overall.
The weather is alright up here probably only slightly better than texas in that it doesn't get quite as hot in the summer. (It gets plenty hot though) Winter isn't like up north but the wind makes it pretty tough to want to be outside in winter.
I would say there would only be a mild intrest in Buddhism in Fayetteville. Students looking for somthing expermintal mostly and a few others who might be more serious about it. You have to realize that in Arkansas there are at least two churches on each corner. One baptist and one of another christian sect. It certainly would be nice to have you guys here but I am not giving Fayetteville a rousing recomendation.
Haven't heard from you about the potluck. I am probably going to make a different site. but email me! i have two confirmations. i was thinking april 20th would be a good day.....its KFC action week and i thought i'd get out there and leaflet a little. but a time before that could also be possible....i tried emailing you, unsure if you got it or not...
I think that april 20th would be a great day for a potluck. I have planned a KFC demo on that day. But then I guess since its a tuesday there won't be as many that can attend the demo. I am planning the demo probably from about 4-6. So I think we should have the potluck from like 6-8:30 or so.....I don't know, what do you think? Maybe the potluck should be then and I should reschedule the kfc demo for a saturday? i don't know....but lets get the ball rolling on this potluck if you want to have one.
Hey Cortney! Sorry I was MIA. After I got together with you, I was pretty sick for about a week and a half and then laying around the house like a slug after that. It sounds like you are on track. I am feeling guilty because I was a slug and not getting down to business, but I think whatever I had made me feel really slow for awhile. Anyway, since you are doing the KFC demo, just decide when that would be best for you and we can plan the potluck for anytime but that. Who have you gotten to confirm? I am excited about that--let me know.
Hey, is April 17th a good evening for the potluck? That would be an excellent date for me. My confirmations include one girl who has just turned veggie and eightteen. But I would like a list of all of the veggies so that I can send an email directly before the event on what to bring (like a calendar and copies of their recipes if they're willing to share the latter) and also i am thinking of setting up a different site cuz i can hardly work on the one i have because i don't like it...and we need a message board to make sure everything is being brought so we dont have two chocolate cakes. and a rsvp message board so we have an idea of how many are coming...and where are we going to have this thing??? have you made flyers yet? i think we should go ahead and confirm the 17th asap or another date. email me! [email protected]
I was traveling through Arkansas( a completely beautiful state!) this mid July. My boyfriend really loves mexican food, so we stopped at El Charro in the North Hill Shopping Center in Harrison, Arkansas. I ordered a vegetarian plate but when it came there was a ground beef chalupa on it istead of a bean one...an honest mistake(I guess). I'm pretty shy so I politely told them it was suppose to be a vegetarian plate ,worried about sending food back(I've heard stories). They took it back without any problems but when they brought it back it was seriously covered in red sauce(which had not been there before). I could tell it was the exact same plate as before so I looked under the now bean chalupa...only to dicover a pile of meat. Apparently, they had removed the original beef chalupa but didn't get all the beef off the plate before replacing it with the bean chalupa. I guess the cook had seen the beef but was too lazy to do something about it and just covered it up with red sauce! If you live in the area and eat there... BE CAREFUL!!!
I don't know if anyone is still here, seeing all replies are from 2004, but I live in Conway, and there are many vegetarians here. When I was in class I once told someone I was a vegan, and half the girls said they were vegetarians. No vegans though. I know there are some, but I don't know them, and definately no black veggies,(I am black). My whole family is a meat fest.
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