School entries are being accepted for the fifth annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) and Farm Credit. Applicants may be any Arkansas school, grades pre-K through 12, that had a school garden open during the 2017-2018 school year, or any schools planning to start a garden in the 2018-2019 school year.
Farm Credit is generously 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
All school applicants except those applying for the school garden start-up category are required to provide photos or video documentation of garden activities and progress. The deadline for submissions is September 14, 2018. Applications are below. Please note, only schools applying for the School Garden Start-Up Proposal category should choose the Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year - Start Up Proposal Contest Application below.