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
Arkansas Farm to School recognizes that statewide farm to school efforts require input and leadership from many organizations like nonprofits, distributors, state agencies, school districts, early care and education facilities, and alternative learning environments.
Arkansas Farm to School is advanced by passionate people such as farmers, farmworkers, distributors, processors, teachers, families, and individuals. Together, we create Arkansas Farm to School.
Arkansas Farm to School Collaborative
The members of the Collaborative include those listed in Act 506: Farm to School and Early Childhood Education which include the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services, and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. Additionally, the Collaborative is joined by the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Healthy Active Arkansas, University of Arkansas for Medical Science, Arkansas Produce Safety, Arkansas SNAP-Ed, the Wallace Center at Winrock International, Arkansas Grown, FoodCorps Arkansas, Fayetteville Public Schools Seed to Student, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the Arkansas Foodbank, and Local, Regional & Safe Foods Team.
The Collaborative is excited to share the following resources to support schools and farmers as they begin their farm to school journey.
Arkansas Farm to School Month
Every year in October we celebrate Arkansas Farm to School
Month across the state. 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.
In 2014, then-governor Mike Beebe first proclaimed October as Arkansas Farm to School Month. Governor Asa Hutchinson has continued the tradition every year since. Watch the kickoff video from Governor Hutchinson as he proclaimed October 2020 as Arkansas Farm to School Month.
In 2020 we celebrated local! From the farmers who grow our food, to the educators and parents who teach children about gardening, cooking, and nutrition, we together, created a strong local food system. #ARF2SMonth #CelebrateLocal
To Celebrate Local, we ate local, grew local, and learned about local food. To help schools, farms, and individuals spread the news, we created a media and promotion toolkit that included resources, graphics, language, and examples to promote Arkansas Farm to School activities. Everything included had a downloadable version for editing and customization. Another way we Celebrated Local was by joining the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Heifer USA's virtual farm field trip.