What is the Arkansas Grow Healthy Study?
- Understanding the local food environment
- Promotion of farm to school programs
- Marketing healthy foods to young children
- Development of parent-teacher partnered nutrition curriculum
- Training new educators in childhood obesity issues
- Delta Garden Study Curriculum to be Available October 15!
On October 15, 2014, the full Delta Garden Study (DGS) curriculum will be posted on this website. This includes 50 lessons aligned with the Arkansas Department of Education science, math and literacy frameworks for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades (but can be adapted for use with other grades as well). We will also post the DGS Recipe Book, DGS Garden Guide, and DGS Student Workbooks. We are currently working on re-aligning all materials to the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards, but since this will take some time, we would like to make the existing materials available for educators to use in the interim. There is no cost to access the materials – we just ask that you register as a “guest” when you access them, and please complete a survey after use. The purpose of the survey is to obtain feedback from YOU, the teachers and educators, to help us to make the revised curriculum as relevant to your needs as possible. Thank you!
The DGS Study Team
October is National Farm to School Month
How to get involved and enter a contest for schools.
Ideas and resources
- Farm to School Legislative Survey Results
The State Farm to School Legislative Survey provides a summary of each farm to school related bill proposed since 2002, whether enacted, defeated or still pending. This report showcases many ways state legislatures are supporting farm to school across the country. The report is available at http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/statelegisativesurvey
- Free Online Training Opportunities
- We are re-launching the Arkansas Farm to School Google Group! This will provide a way for anyone interested in, or working on farm to school in Arkansas to share resources, announcements, and needs with the farm to school community. Anyone can post to the group once you sign up. To sign up, e-mail Andrew Carberry at email@example.com with 'Google Group' in the subject.
- Danville Elementary School in Yell County, Morrilton Primary School in Conway County, and Head Start Centers in Morrilton, Danville, and Dardanelle have been selected as the locations for the 2014-2015 Arkansas Grow Healthy Study Pilot! All schools have expressed great interest and capacity for farm to school, and will receive training, equipment, and technical assistance from the study to implement a successful farm to school program. Components of the program include procurement of local produce, classroom nutrition education curriculum, and a social marketing campaign to promote farm to school.
- Sign up to receive The Arkansas Grow Healthy newsletter which contains information on farm to school programs from around the state, guidance on getting started, seasonal produce availability, policy information, and special event invitations.