2018 Statewide Farm to School Summit

Last month, the Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute partnered with the Arkansas Agriculture Department, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and FoodCorps Arkansas to host the 2018 Arkansas Farm to School Summit. The Summit took place on March 9 at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School in Conway and over 60 individuals were in attendance. 
F2S Summit panel     F2S Summit scarecrow
The day began with a welcome from the school principal and her staff, but the big hit of the opening session was a performance by a group of elementary students who participate in the Sprout Scouts program. Following the opening session were breakout sessions designed to engage and inform school nutrition staff, farmers, and educators with knowledge about how to get involved in buying farm fresh food, selling it to schools, and fun food- and garden-based activities for kids.
F2S Summit breakout
Summit attendees were treated to a delicious lunch provided by the cafeteria that featured local beef and spinach, as well as herbs harvested from the school’s garden. Additional breakout sessions, including a speaker’s panel, occurred after lunch and a keynote speaker. The day ended with a networking event and garden and cafeteria tours. All in attendance were excited to put their knowledge to future use!
F2S Summit panel     F2S Summit scarecrow