School Garden

Two South Arkansas schools have won categories in the 2020 Arkansas Grown School Garden Contest.

The contest is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas.

Area winners:

Best Start-up School Garden Proposal -- Fairview Elementary, TexARKana, $500.

Best Community Collaboration School Garden -- Hugh Goodwin Elementary, El Dorado, $500 Award.

The Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest was initiated in 2014. The program provides the opportunity to promote the importance of involving young people in the process of fresh food production and cultivation. Farm Credit

provides the funding for program award recipients.

"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 AgHeritage Farm Credit Services CEO Greg Cole on behalf of the Farm Credit

Associations of Arkansas. "Local food projects like this are a great way to educate the next generation and the public about food production and agriculture."

The contest was available to public and private K-12 schools, early care facilities, and alternative learning environments. Awardees were schools that had a school garden open during the 2019-2020 school year or planned to start a garden in the 2020-2021 school year.

Other winners:

Best Education Based School Garden -- ACCESS Group Inc., Little Rock, $500 award.

Best Harvest Partnership School Garden -- Fayetteville Public Schools, $500 award.

Best Overall School Garden -- West Arkansas Child Development Inc., Alma), $1,000 award.

Champion of Sustaining School Garden -- Carolyn Lewis Elementary, Conway, $1,000 award.

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