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Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest

The Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest was initiated by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas in 2014. The program provides the opportunity to promote the importance of involving young people in the process of fresh food production and cultivation. Farm Credit generously provides the funding for program award recipients.

The contest is closed for this year but will open on April 19, 2022! If you are an early childhood education facility, a school, or an alternative learning space, you can apply for funding by filling out our application. The application can be found here and will be live from April 19, 2022 - June 6, 2022. Good luck!

Congratulations to the 2021 Arkansas School Garden winners!

2020 Winners
  • Champion of Sustaining School Garden: Carolyn Lewis Elementary School, Conway
  • Best Overall School Garden: Western Arkansas Child Development Inc., Alma
  • Best Education Based School Garden: ACCESS Group Inc., Little Rock
  • Best Harvest Partnership School Garden: Fayetteville School District, Fayetteville
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden: Hugh Goodwin Elementary School, El Dorado
  • Best Start-Up School Garden Proposal: Fairview Elementary School, Texarkana
2019 Winners
  • Best Overall School Garden - Pike View Early Childhood Education Center, North Little Rock
  • Best Environmental Education Based School Garden - Forest Park Elementary School, Little Rock
  • Best Nutrition Education Based School Garden - Sheridan Intermediate School, Sheridan
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden - Marshall Elementary School, Marshall
  • Best Start-Up School Garden Proposal - Springdale High School, Springdale

2018 Winners
  • Best Overall School Garden - Sheridan Intermediate School, Sheridan
  • Best Environmental Education Based School Garden - Perryville Elementary School, Perryville
  • Best Nutrition Education Based School Garden - Bayyari Elementary School, Springdale
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden - Carolyn Lewis Elementary, Conway
  • Best Start-Up School Garden Proposal - Central Elementary School, Van Buren

2017 Winners
  • Best Overall School Garden - Mayflower Elementary School, Mayflower
  • Best Environmental Education Based School Garden - Sheridan Intermediate School, Sheridan
  • Best Nutrition Education Based School Garden - King Elementary School, Van Buren
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden - Tate Elementary School, Van Buren
  • Best Start-Up School Garden Proposal - Clarendon High School, Clarendon
2016 Winners
  • Best Environmental Education Based School Garden - Southside Elementary School, Siloam Springs
  • Best Nutrition Education Based School Garden - Health, Wellness, and Environmental Studies Magnet School, Jonesboro
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden - Prairie Grove Middle School, Prairie Grove
2014  Winners
  • Best Overall School Garden - Harp Elementary School, Springdale
  • Other Winners 
    • Asbell Elementary School, Fayetteville
    • North Little Rock Middle School, North Little Rock
    • Magnet Cove High School, Malvern
2015 Winners
  • Best Overall School Garden - Marshall Elementary School, Marshall
  • Best Environmental Education Based School Garden - Southside Elementary School, Siloam Springs
  • Best Nutrition Education Based School Garden - Health, Wellness, and Environmental Studies Magnet School, Jonesboro
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden - Prairie Grove Middle School, Prairie Grove

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