2019 was yet another incredible year. Just when it seems that one has reached a stopping point, more is demanded.
2019 took me further into new ventures than I could’ve journeyed alone. I could never have moved in such a forward direction under my own power. God is truly great. There were more dreams fulfilled. More imaginations revealed. More possibilities and opportunities available that were realized.
The year began with growth and change to Irby’s CRP Project. Those baby trees are coming into their own. My babies are growing and looking good. For the first time since I’ve owned the area I ventured into the forest. It was time to give the woods some attention. I marked trails for foot travel. Now I will continue to develop and improve accessibility.
After awarding 5 recipients as “Legend Among Us” before an enthusiastic audience at the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month, author Jason Irby announced his pledging of the first $500.00 to establish a contest that would create a signature Arkansas food dish.
Irby is an author, and founding chairman of Jason IRBY INNOVATION Foundation (JIIF). Secretary/Treasurer, Tiffaney Lewis also pledged a matching $500.00 in prize money.
Irby first revealed the initiative to establish a the Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest after reading IT’S OFFICIAL! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols, by Arkansas Capital Historian David Ware.