Meet our Farmer-in-Residence

Portrait of Ryan Boswell

Farmer-in-Residence, Ryan Boswell

What’s a farmer-in-residence, anyway? Artist-in-residence programs bring a skilled artist into a community to create art and teach master classes. Beyond sharing skills, the artist-in-residence is embedded in community life and can enrich the community in unexpected ways. That’s the idea behind our Farmer-in-Residence program. That’s right, we have our very own farmer! Just try to find that at any other apartments in Fayetteville. Not only does the Farmer-in-Residence demonstrate small-scale food production, he also helps neighbors to connect with each other through gardening and food. We are very grateful to our amazing community partners, Apple Seeds, for advising us on the formation of this program.

Meet our Farmer-in-Residence, Ryan Boswell. Ryan became an urban farmer as a result of his interest in eating well.

“I realized that if I wanted to eat good food, I could grow it myself,” he said.

As an amateur gardener, his backyard garden grew and grew each year. An internship at one of the Ozarks’ oldest and most respected organic farms, Dripping Springs, bolstered his skills. He then created an urban community garden in Little Rock, where he turned a vacant lot into a thriving mini-farm, producing healthy food that was then sold at a farmers’ market.

In his role as farmer-in-residence at Uptown Fayetteville Apartments, Ryan advised on the design of our community garden, which is now under construction.  Raised beds will make growing accessible to gardeners of all abilities.  The planned berry bramble, fruit trees, and expansive vegetable and herb garden will bring hyper-local flavor to residents’ dishes. Ryan is designing planting plans and will coordinate community workdays, as well as a monthly food-related program to take place in the garden or in the outdoor kitchen on the community roof deck.  He looks forward to growing, cooking, and savoring the garden with all Uptown neighbors – whether your thumb is green or not.