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In 1840, Sidney Bumpas Cazort came to Johnson County from North Carolina, landing off a flat boat with his wife and child and two slaves who had refused his offer of freedom. He had friends who had settled nearby and wished to come to Arkansas to hunt. He bought 3,000 acres of what his grandson, Dr. Alan Cazort, always described as "3,000 acres of the worst land in Arkansas." His three sons farmed the land successfully, but none of the children (24 in all, Alan Cazort being the youngest, born in 1900) chose to farm. Seventy-one acres of that once overfarmed “worst land” has been grazed and fertilized with chicken manure for fifty years and the current owner would like to see a CSA thrive there, growing produce, pastured hogs and chickens, and producing cheeses, wine, and crafts for local markets. The land is, in 2012, two miles off I-40. The owner would offer ten acres rent free for five years as start-up. (Emphasis is not profit but conservation and good nutrition.)


Virginia Cazort
Brookline, MA