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2022 School Garden of the Year Winners

2022 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest Winners were announced during the Arkansas Farm to School Month proclamation ceremony.

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Farm Credit of Western Arkansas

Marketing & Communications Team

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed October as Arkansas Farm to School month. The proclamation was celebrated today at Pinnacle View Middle School in Little Rock as part of nationwide efforts to connect schools, early childhood educational sites, and other organizations with farms to bring local, healthy food to children. 

At the Arkansas Farm to School Month celebration, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas presented awards to winners of the 2022 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest. The winners are as follows: 

  • Best Start-up School Garden Proposal:
    Lee Senior High School, Marianna (Lee County), $500 Award
    Wonderview Elementary School, Hattieville (Conway County), $500 Award
  • Best Education-Based School Garden
    Nettleton STEAM, Jonesboro (Craighead County), $500 Award
    Conway High School, Conway (Faulkner County), $500 Award
  • Best Harvest Partnership School Garden
    Crestwood Elementary, North Little Rock (Pulaski County), $500 Award
    Chicot Elementary & Early Childhood Center, Mabelvale (Pulaski County), $500 Award
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden
    Arch Ford/Synergy ALE, Hot Springs Village (Garland and Saline Counties), $500 Award 
    Ward Central Elementary, Ward (Lonoke County), $500 Award
  • Best Overall School Garden
    Pinnacle View Middle School, Little Rock (Pulaski County), $1,000 Award
  • Champion of School Garden Sustainability
    Sheridan Elementary School, Sheridan (Grant County), $1,000 Award
2022 Best Overall School Garden Pinnacle View Middle School

The Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest was initiated by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas 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 Associations of Arkansas generously provides the funding for the program.

“As a farmer-owned cooperative, we believe it’s important to support local food system initiatives such as the Arkansas Grown School Garden Program. Local food projects like this are a great way to educate the next generation and the public about food production and agriculture.”
Brandon Haberer CEO, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas
2022 Champion of School Garden Sustainability Sheridan Elementary School

The contest was available to public and private K-12 schools, early childhood education facilities, and alternative learning environments. Awardees were schools that had a school garden open during the 2021-2022 school year or planned to start a garden in the 2022-2023 school year.

“School gardens provide a hands-on opportunity for children to learn about Arkansas agriculture and where their food comes from. The lessons learned through school gardens have a lasting impact on children, their families, and entire communities."
Wes Ward Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture

Click here to see more photos from the event.

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