Congratulations to Carolyn Lewis Elementary School- winner of the 2018 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year- Best Community Collaborative Garden Award.
As the winner, they receive $500 to help with their farm-to-school efforts.
“School gardens bring agriculture, our state’s largest industry, to life for Arkansas students,” said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward. “Congratulations to the 2018 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year awardees. We are honored to continue this program another year and support school garden initiatives across Arkansas. We appreciate the sponsorship provided by Farm Credit that makes this important program possible.”
The Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit of Arkansas started the contest in 2014 to promote the importance of involving young people in the process of fresh food production and cultivation. Any Arkansas school, grades pre-K-12, with a working school garden during the 2017-2018 school year, or a startup proposal for the 2018-2019 school year was eligible to apply.
“As a farmer-owned cooperative, we believe it’s important to support local food system initiatives such as the Arkansas Grown School Garden Program,” said Farm Credit Midsouth President and CEO, James McJunkins, on behalf of the Farm Credit cooperatives of Arkansas. “Local food projects like this are a great way to educate the next generation and the public about food production and agriculture.”
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