Department of Agriculture
Supporting Arkansas farmers and ranchers while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of Arkansas, the nation, and across the globe
Arkansas Farm to School
The birth of the phrase “farm to school” can be traced back to the 1990s when pilot projects began in California with the Edible Schoolyard Project and the Urban Environmental Policy Institute, and Florida with the New North Florida Cooperative Association, Inc. (NNFC). For a detailed Arkansas Farm to School History click here.
Arkansas Farm to School Month
This year for Arkansas Farm to School Month we are “Celebrating Local!” From the farmers who grow our food, to the educators and parents who teach children about gardening, cooking, and nutrition, we together, create a strong local food system. #ARF2SMonth #CelebrateLocal
To Celebrate Local, we can eat local, grow local, and learn about local food. Spread the news and join in this month! We have created a media and promotion toolkit where you can find resources, graphics, language, and examples to promote your Arkansas Farm to School activities. Everything included has a downloadable version for editing and customization.
Another way you can Celebrate Local this October is by joining the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Heifer USA for a LIVE and INTERACTIVE virtual farm field trip or the National Farm to School Network’s Movement Meeting.
Virtual Farm Field Trip
October 28, 2020 1:30 PM
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Heifer USA are hosting a virtual farm field trip and all are invited. We will tour the certified organic production gardens, hear expert advice on gardening best practices, and celebrate local successes from across the state. Attendees will be able to ask questions and interact throughout the LIVE event. In case of rain, the virtual event will be hosted on October 29, 2020 at 1:30 PM CST.
Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
October 14, 2020 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting featuring food justice activist Karen Washington, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event; no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here.
Kickoff Video from Governor Hutchinson Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed October, 2020 as Arkansas Farm to School Month and has every year since 2015! This recognition is part of nationwide efforts to connect schools, early childhood education sites, and other organizations with farms to bring local, healthy food to children. Find the full Arkansas Farm to School Proclamation here.
Congratulations - 2020 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Winners
Schools are public and private K-12 schools, early care facilities, and alternative learning environments.
- Best School Garden Start-up Proposal
- Best Harvest Partnership Garden
- Best Education Based Garden
- Best Community Collaboration Garden
- Overall School Garden Winner
- Champion of Sustaining School Garden