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Garden Funding Available: Delta Garden Study Accepting Applications for Awards to Arkansas Schools

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Feb. 7, 2013) – Arkansas schools that are interested in building vegetable gardens and starting garden-based education programming for students can apply for funds from the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) Delta Garden Study.

The state's largest garden-based childhood obesity prevention research study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and in collaboration with Bank of America, is accepting competing applications between now and April 1 for two $7,000 awards. Qualifying schools will receive $7,000 in cash to build and maintain an on-campus vegetable garden, as well as training for teachers and garden participants on how to integrate the garden into science and other curriculum.

The Delta Garden Study and ACHRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program teams will also make site visits to assist with the garden's design and build out, provide technical support and offer materials ranging from garden recipe books to study guides.

Schools must meet the following guidelines to qualify for the $7,000 awards:

  • Must be a public or private Arkansas school serving grades K-12;
  • Must not currently offer a vegetable garden on campus;
  • Must have at least one key staff member designated as the primary coordinator of the potential garden program;
  • Must be willing for primary coordinator to participate in technical training in Little Rock this spring; and
  • Must be willing to participate in school garden evaluation by the Delta Garden Study and Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program.

The Delta Garden Study measures the impact of school gardens on youth fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, academic achievement and school bonding. Since 2010, the Delta Garden Study has built and maintained seven school garden programs in Arkansas.

Schools interested in applying can find more information and an application template at For questions regarding the awards, review procedures and more, contact Program Administrator Emily English at (501) 364-3360 or

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown to span 29 city blocks and house 370 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. For more information, visit

ACHRI provides a research environment on the ACH campus to meet the needs of the UAMS faculty. Research scientists at ACHRI conduct clinical, basic science, and health services research for the purpose of treating illnesses, preventing disease and improving the health of children everywhere.

UAMS is the state's only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS' Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or

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