Department of Agriculture

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Arkansas Taste Test Grant Program

The Arkansas Taste Test Grant Program was established to help schools lead cafeteria taste tests of locally grown specialty crops. The grant program was developed using funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Program to increase production and consumption of specialty crops in schools. Specialty crops are defined by the USDA are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Arkansas Taste Test Grant Program. The Department will award $250 grants to 30 schools to purchase kitchen equipment and utensils, serving materials, and specialty crop seeds and plants to support two (2) taste tests. The grant program is available to public and private K-12 schools, early childhood education facilities, and alternative learning environments. All eligible schools are encouraged to apply, whether they have existing farm to school activities or they are just getting started in local procurement.

The application for the 2021-2022 Arkansas Taste Test Grant Program can be found at Applicants are welcome to apply for an additional grant opportunity, the Arkansas School Garden Grant Program, through the same application. Applications for both grant programs will be accepted through November 30, 2021.

For additional help and support in local procurement, you may contact Shannon Newerth-Henson, State Local Procurement Manager at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture,, (501) 442-5710.

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