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Accepting Applications for Arkansas GardenCorps
We are now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Arkansas GardenCorps service member positions!
Purpose of Arkansas GardenCorps:
The purpose of Arkansas GardenCorps is to promote the use of school and community gardens to increase environmental awareness and sustainable agriculture practices in Arkansas communities. Members will assist with the following GardenCorps objectives:
- Development and maintenance of school and community gardens
- Garden-based education for youth and adults
- Recruitment of volunteers to support sustainability of gardens
- Increase access to fresh produce grown in gardens
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Garden Grant Awardees Announced
We are pleased to announce that we had a wonderful response to our recent Garden Grant Application Request. We had many highly qualified applications and it was difficult to choose the recipients. We are pleased to announce that the following schools will receive our first Garden Awards.
- Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Arkansas
- Bayyari Elementary in Springdale, Arkansas
- ACCESS Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas
Thanks again to all that applied and keep your eyes on the website and our newsletter for future funding opportunities and to check on the progress of our first three awardees.
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We are currently assisting with recruitment of a full-time 1700 hour AmeriCorps service member to assist with Cooking Matters classes taught through the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Visit this link for more details and to apply: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50199&fromSearch=true.
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About the Delta Garden Study
The Delta Garden Study is a $2 million research study funded by the USDA's Agriculture Research Service, designed to prevent childhood obesity and social risk behaviors, and improve academic achievement, in middle school children in the Delta and Central regions of Arkansas. Led by Dr. Judy Weber, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at UAMS, the study's primary outcome variables are increased fruit and vegetable intake and increased minutes of physical activity. Secondary variables include reduction in body mass index (BMI) and body fat, reductions in social risk behaviors, and increased school bonding, improved student grade point averages and benchmark testing scores.
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