About TSG Northwest Arkansas Editor Rebekah Boyd Lawrence
Rebekah is a third-generation farm girl originally from north Louisiana, where her family farm was famous for its striped Jubilee watermelons and Charolais bulls. (Today their farm is a working pine plantation still run by her dad.) Thanks to her upbringing, Rebekah has always respected the passion, drive, and determination needed to successfully grow your own food and the significance of supporting local farms and farmers, artisans, and small businesses.
Though she’s a Louisiana native, Rebekah has been a resident of Arkansas for more than 25 years. Her professional commitment to highlighting “the best of local” in Arkansas began when she founded a statewide home design and lifestyle magazine, At Home in Arkansas, in the mid-nineties. Rebekah also served as Director of New Business Development for home and garden expert and farm-to-table advocate and Arkansan, P. Allen Smith. Later she became a driving force in conceptualizing and launching an ongoing series of statewide, niche publications and digital platforms designed to support all facets of living local.
Rebekah and her pilot husband, Nick, currently reside on seven rural acres in Bentonville and enjoy spending their free time renovating their “tree house” residence. They are restoring an old barn on the property with the goal of hosting a series of local pop-up community events there. When they’re not renovating, Rebekah and Nick take hikes along the property with their Australian cattle and German Shepherd rescue dog, Batman. Rebekah’s 18-year-old son, Keith, is a student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Rebekah enjoys perusing local art galleries, antique stores, and flea markets in search of fabulous finds; shopping the region’s farmers’ markets for the freshest seasonal ingredients; and, of course, “calling the hogs” at Arkansas Razorback games.
Rebekah’s Three Favorite Reasons to Visit Northwest Arkansas:
- Team spirit. “Everyone should visit the University of Arkansas and experience an Arkansas Razorbacks game.”
- Farm to Table. “The local food and farm movement is a way of life here.”
- The Ozarks. “This beautiful region is home to an extensive system of lakes, rivers, and trails.”