The Lawrence Juice is a bi-weekly zine featuring stories about local people and an exceptionally robust To Do List! of daily, weekly, monthly, and one-off events. It is the MOST comprehensive calendar for the area. Listings are free or nearly free. If you've got something happening, let us know!
We want to know our neighbors and our community - the things that bring us all together, and the things that set us apart. We scour the internet, community newsletters, local websites, random signs, anything with info about great stuff happening in Lawrence. Then we organize it into a side-by-side, no-social-media-filters listing of what's happening.
Alison Smith and Dave Sloan operate out of their small north Lawrence home, attempting to walk the walk and talk the talk.
Alison has been in Lawrence and involved with Lawrence community journalism projects for over 35 years, and is a graduate of both Lawrence High School and the University of Kansas. Previously she was Executive Director of the Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance. The Alliance was a broad based public/private partnership organization focused on the Kansas River valley, its cultural diversity and the role of water resources in our quality of life. Following that she returned to her homesteading roots and had a vertically integrated subsistence farming operation focused on poultry. She comes by it naturally as a sixth generation farmer and is quite proud to have passed this passion for growing on to her children.
Dave came to Lawrence by way of Denver after meeting Alison online and discovering their shared interest in sustainable agriculture and a world driven less by capitalism and more by compassion. He quickly became involved with Lawrence's vibrant restaurant scene. Previously he had an arts and entertainment magazine, Panache, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, based in Rapid City. He also worked on several Native American periodicals. Dave is a visual artist, envisioning abstract concepts such as the intersection of thoughts and time. He enjoys being a part of Lawrence's art community.
They both believe communities are most resilient when there is greater awareness of and respect for all life experiences.
When they are not deep in the trenches working on the Juice, they are culinary mushroom farmers. Little House Mushroom Farm is a small urban farm with the goal of making mushrooms a part of everyday life.
Or to tell us we inspired you to name your cat "Juice"? That's awesome!