In September 2017, a small group of state agencies and organizations convened for the first time at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute to discuss collaborating and moving farm to school forward in the state. This group became known as the Arkansas Farm to School Collaborative in 2018. In late 2019, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture became the facilitator of the Collaborative. The Collaborative members meet bi-monthly to share updates and work together on projects that increase the opportunity for engagement in farm to school in the state.
We envision a future for Arkansas in which every school and community provides a healthy environment for every child. We foresee leaders at every level who have developed supportive policies and programs, effective marketing, and streamlined communication and procurement processes to make farm to school an integrated cultural norm. As a result, Arkansas children no longer struggle with obesity, schools and school gardens are seen as community assets, Arkansas growers are sustainable, supported, and more abundant, and every Arkansan has greater access to good health, a vibrant community, economic prosperity, a clean environment, and social justice.
100 percent of schools in Arkansas will have the opportunity to participate in farm to school by 2025.
Schools: K-12 schools, early childhood education facilities, and alternative learning environments.
Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Foodbank, Arkansas Grown, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Arkansas Produce Safety, Arkansas SNAP Ed, Fayetteville Public Schools Seed to Student Program, FoodCorps Arkansas, Healthy Active Arkansas, National Center for Appropriate Technology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, and the Wallace Center at Winrock International.