The goal of the Harvest of the Season program is to teach children about Arkansas grown foods. The program makes available local and seasonal food posters, materials featuring Arkansas farmers and distributors, and social media resources highlighting local Arkansas fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and dairy products.
Program materials are offered at no cost to public and private K-12 schools, early childhood education facilities, and alternative learning environments.
Harvest of the Season was developed by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture using funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to increase the production and consumption of specialty crops in schools. Specialty crops, as defined by the USDA, are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops.
If you are interested in participating in the program, a great place to start is by reviewing the Harvest of the Season Toolkit, which will walk you through available resources and how to use them at your school or other facility.
The Harvest of the Season Farmer Feature Template is a resource created for schools to spotlight Arkansas farmers, producers, processors, and distributors that are essential to your farm to school program.
To utilize this resource, start by reviewing the Farmer Feature Instructions, which were created to help assist you in adapting the template to spotlight champions in your local food system that bring their farm to your school.
An example Farmer Feature of Barnhill Orchards is provided here for inspiration as you build out resources for your school.