AAD Programs

Arkansas Grown Local Conversations/Farm to School Training Events, 2018

The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Arkansas Grown Program will host five regional Local Conversations events scheduled for February through April, 2018. These events help create connections between local farmers and producers with the buying community, provide increased marketing opportunities for locally grown produce and products, and also highlight the health benefits of Arkansas specialty crops. Offerings will include networking, Farm to School training, and a vendor showcase.

“Our regional Local Conversation events were well received in 2017 and we are pleased to expand them this year with additional training on the Farm to School program,” says Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward. These collaborative events are designed to bring producers and consumers together to learn from each other so that consumers can ultimately have more access to locally produced food and products. We hope attendees leave with new contacts, ideas, and options for buying and selling locally”.

Register for any of the five Farm to School Training events OR learn more about Local Conversations events, below:

Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Program

Farmers Market Promotion Grants may fund the following promotional items to build community and regional awareness for a specific farmers market: signage listing names, seasons, times of operation, and location details; local advertising including print, radio, and television media projects; and social media campaigns. Since the program began in 2016, more than $15,000 in promotional grants have been provided to 41 farmers markets across the state. Applications will be accepted from January 22, 2018 through March 2, 2018.

Arkansas Farmers Market Bag Program

As an added offering at local Farmers Markets, the AAD has designed reusable Arkansas Grown paper bags for purchase by farmers markets or vendors at greatly reduced rates. This allows farmers markets or vendors to provide convenient shopping bags for consumers. More than 44,000 shopping bags have been purchased since the program began in 2016. Applications will be accepted from January 22, 2018 through March 2, 2018.