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Arkansas School Garden Grant Program

The Arkansas School Garden Grant Program was established in 2020 to help schools start or expand gardens on school grounds. The grant program was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to increase production of specialty crops in school gardens. Specialty crops as 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 second-annual Arkansas School Garden Grant Program. The Department will award $500 grants to 60 schools to purchase soil, specialty crop seeds and plants, and gardening equipment to support their school garden. 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 already have existing farm to school activities or they are just getting started with school gardens. Technical assistance is available to all grantees. 

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

For additional help and support in school garden development, you may contact Erica Benoit, State School Garden Manager at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture,, (501) 295-8856.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Arkansas School Garden Grant Program Recipients!

52 K-12 schools, early childhood education facilities, and alternative learning environments received grants through this year's program. Recipients ranged from schools just getting started with a garden and schools that have had a garden program for many years. The map on the right shows the counties where the recipients are located.

  • ALLPS School of Innovation, Fayetteville
  • Alma High School, Alma 
  • Alma Kiddie Kollege, Alma
  • Anne Watson Elementary, Bigelow
  • ARESC Preschool, Pine Bluff 
  • Arkansas Consolidated High School, Alexander
  • Cabot Freshman Academy, Cabot
  • Carolyn Lewis Elementary, Conway
  • Cedarville High School, Cedarville
  • Charleston Middle School, Charleston
  • Columbia Christian School Early Childhood Education Center, Magnolia
  • Crossroads West, Atkins
  • First Baptist Christian School in, Rogers
  • Greenbrier Eastside Elementary, Greenbrier
  • Greenwood Preschool Center, Greenwood
  • Hazen High School, Hazen  
  • Health Wellness and Environmental Studies Elementary, Jonesboro
  • Helen Tyson Middle School, Springdale
  • Hillcrest Schools, Strawberry
  • Hope Academy of Public Service, Hope
  • Hot Springs Child Care Center, Hot Springs
  • Hugh Goodwin Elementary, El Dorado
  • Indian Hills Elementary, North Little Rock
  • Jacksonville Lighthouse Elementary, Jacksonville
  • James R. Tate Elementary, Van Buren
  • John Tyson Elementary School, Springdale
  • Klassic Kidz, Inc., Pine Bluff 
  • Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool, Little Rock
  • Mann Magnet, Little Rock
  • Math Science Technology Magnet School, Marion
  • McNair Middle, Fayetteville
  • Milestones Services, Inc., Conway
  • Miss Polly’s Learning Center, Wynne
  • Monticello Middle School, Monticello
  • Nettleton Junior High, Jonesboro
  • Nettleton STEAM in Jonesboro
  • Norphlet Middle School, Norphlet
  • North Little Rock Middle School, North Little Rock
  • Omaha Elementary, Omaha
  • Ozark Junior High, Ozark
  • Pea Ridge High School, Pea Ridge,
  • Peek A Boo, Elkins
  • Pine Bluff High School, Pine Bluff
  • Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center, Little Rock
  • Pulaski Heights Elementary, Little Rock
  • Retta Brown ABC, El Dorado
  • Robert L. Davis Elementary, Alexander
  • Valley View High School, Jonesboro
  • Van Buren Kiddie Kollege, Van Buren
  • Vandergriff Elementary, Fayetteville
  • White Hall High School, White Hall
  • Wynne Junior High School, Wynne
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