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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 2021 Contest will open on April 19, 2021! 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, 2021 - June 6, 2021. Good luck!

Congratulations to the 2020 Arkansas School Garden winners.

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 - Tate Elementary School, Van Buren
  • Best Start-Up School Garden Proposal - Central Elementary School, Van Buren
2016 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
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
2015 Winners
  • Best Overall School Garden - Yellville Summit High School, Yellville
  • Best Environmental Education Based School Garden - Forest Park Elementary School, Little Rock
  • Best Nutrition Education Based School Garden - Kingston High School, Kingston
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden - Magnet Cove High School, Malvern
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

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