A healthier Arkansas begins with healthier children. At Baptist Health, we believe the ongoing effort to plant gardens at schools will play an important role in educating the next generation about a nutritious diet – something we’ve seen evidence of in Conway public elementary schools.
In 2017, Conway Schools was awarded a USDA Farm to School Grant to build gardens at the district’s elementary schools. When Baptist Health heard the grant was enough to fund gardens at all but three schools, we knew we had to help. We provided the supplies needed for the last three school gardens and donated wheelbarrows to all 16 sixteen schools – and those gardens are making an amazing difference in both the children and community of Conway. Read on for the top 4 benefits we’ve seen school gardens provide.