Our History

Arkansas Local Food Network (ALFN) was founded in 2006 as the Arkansas Sustainability Network (ASN). ASN’s mission was to develop more sustainable communities through education, and innovation, and community collaboration.

The online farmer’s market began in June of 2007 as an opportunity to support a local farm family. When Sue and Rusty Nuffer of Armstead Mountain Farms transitioned sales from farmers markets to restaurants, founders organized friends, family and coworkers to cooperatively purchase Armstead’s fresh, local food. This cooperative purchasing effort quickly attracted more farms.

Since then, the market has continued to grow and today between 15 and 20 farms and local businesses sell direct through ALFN each week. For over 15 years, we’ve offered online & direct sales to support Arkansas farmers and small businesses. Along the way, we’ve hosted numerous educational events and welcomed partnerships and opportunities to support development of a strong and equitable food system for our community.