School entries are being accepted for the sixth annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest.
The contest is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (ADA) and Farm Credit.
Applicants may be any Arkansas school, grades pre-K through 12, that had a school garden open during the 2018-2019 school year, or any schools planning to start a garden in the 2019-2020 school year.
The deadline for submission is August 30.
All applicants except those applying for the school garden start up category will be required to provide photos or video documentation of garden activities and progress. Schools eligible to apply include non-traditional educational facilities
such as juvenile detention centers and residential childcare institutions.
Farm Credit is providing funding for winners in the following award categories:
Best School Garden Start-Up Proposal -- $500
Best Nutrition Education Based Garden -- $500
Best Community Collaboration Garden -- $500
Best Environmental Education Focused Garden -- $500
Overall Winning Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year --$1,000
"School gardens bring agriculture, our state's largest industry, to life for Arkansas students," said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward. "We are pleased to see this program enter a sixth year of successfully helping support and start school garden initiatives in counties across Arkansas. We appreciate the sponsorship provided by Farm Credit that makes this important program possible."
"As a farmer-owned cooperative, we are excited to continue our support of teachers and projects that engage Arkansas students in food production and agricultural sustainability. Through these partnerships, we can ensure that the valuable role of Arkansas agriculture remains top-of-mind for the next generation," said AgHeritage Farm Credit Services President & CEO Greg Cole, on behalf of the Farm Credit cooperatives of Arkansas.
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