Does your school have a community garden? Then you could win some cool cash to help “grow” your program.
The sixth annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest is officially open and accepting entries. Sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit, the contest is open to any Arkansas school, grades pre-K through 12 that had a garden during the 2018-19 school year or is planning a garden for the coming year.
“School gardens bring agriculture, our state’s largest industry, to life for Arkansas students,” says Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward. “We are pleased to see this program enter a sixth year of successfully helping support and start school garden initiatives in counties across Arkansas. We appreciate the sponsorship provided by Farm Credit that makes this important program possible.”
There’s serious money on the table for the contest winners. Farm Credit is sponsoring five monetary prizes of $500-$1,00. The top prize for overall best garden is $1,000.
The prizes include:
- Best School Garden Start-Up Proposal – $500
- Best Nutrition Education Based Garden – $500
- Best Community Collaboration Garden – $500
- Best Environmental Education Focused Garden – $500
- Overall Winning Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year – $1,000
Applications are due August 30. All applications, except in the start-up category, are required to include photos or video documentation.
Find the application here.