Department of Agriculture

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Full Circle FarmCorps

Full Circle FarmCorps is an AmeriCorps program under the leadership of the Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development Council (ARC&D). The mission of Full Circle FarmCorps is to confront food insecurity and strengthen communities through farming, outreach, and teaching. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture partnered in 2020 with Full Circle FarmCorps, during its first program year, and was thrilled to continue into its second year. To learn more about Full Circle FarmCorps, check out the St. Joseph Center of Arkansas, the organization that managed the program in the first year.

Inaugural AmeriCorps members, Alfalfa team, began in January 2020 and collectively completed 9,852 service hours. Then in June 2020, 20 new members, Bean team, rose to the challenge to confront COVID-19 through service and completed an intense 13,437 hours together. Members served at 14 school and community gardens throughout Pulaski County.

Program year two completed in August 2021. 14 members completed service at 10 partner site organizations throughout Pulaski and Sebastian County. The members accomplished a lot during their service. One piece included teaching students using the Growing My Plate curriculum. Read our report on the impact of that experience. 

The following are the partner sites:

Top row: Stephen Booth, Team Leader; Rachel Partridge, Team Leader; Katie Matthews, Team Leader; Starr Crow, Service Member; Mark Anthony Ramiro, Service Member; Arjo Mitra, Service Member; and Hannah Hooper, Service Member.
Bottom row: A.B. Stewart, Program Director; Crystal Tovar Tellez, Service Member; Jessica Baldwin, Service Member; Robyn Dudrick, Service Member; Bri Ham, Service Member; Kendra Hendrix, Service Member; Jane Landrum, Service Member; and Sarah Lane, Farm to School and Early Childhood Education Coordinator.
Not pictured: Rod Miller, Service Member

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