What is Arkansas GardenCorps?
Arkansas GardenCorps is an AmeriCorps program hosted by the Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. The mission of Arkansas GardenCorps is to promote the use of school and community gardens to provide nutrition education with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity and to increase environmental awareness and sustainable agriculture practices in Arkansas communities. Members assist Service Sites across the state of Arkansas with the following objectives:
- Development and maintenance of school and community gardens
- Garden-based nutrition education for youth and adults
- Recruitment of volunteers to support sustainability of gardens
- Increase access to fresh produce grown in gardens
2016-2017 Service Site and Service Member Announcement
2016-2017 Service Site Application Announcement
Arkansas GardenCorps will undergo a rebuilding year during the 2016-2017 AmeriCorps service term (September 2016 through August 2017). We will be spending the year evaluating the success of the program thus far, deciding where the program needs to go in the future, and looking at how we can best serve school and community gardens across the state.
We sincerely appreciate the growing desire for Arkansas GardenCorps service members, nutrition education training, and technical gardening assistance. However, in order to effectively and efficiently meet this demand, we recognize the need to take one year to evaluate our program and rebuild it to its full capacity level. Therefore, in order to effectively complete these activities during the 2016-2017 year, we are restructuring our application process.
Information for New Service Sites
Given the above decision, we will not be accepting any new service sites for the 2016-2017 service term. However, in order to assist us as we plan for the 2017-2018 service term, we request that you register your interest by completing a very brief form found at the following link.
New sites, register here: https://base.uams.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=A8RC78MA79
The next opportunity for new service sites to apply for a service member will be in the spring of 2017. We expect to release the 2017-2018 application in February 2017, with a start date for members of September 2017, serving through August 2018.
Interested in joining Arkansas GardenCorps as a 2016-2017 Service Member?
Arkansas GardenCorps is now accepting service member applications. The final closing date for applications is June 1, 2016. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and positions will be filled as qualified applicants are found. If all positions are filled before June 1, then the application window will close. Important general information about serving with Arkansas GardenCorps is provided under the Join tab above.
Click here to apply to be a 2016-2017 Service Member: https://base.uams.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=E9X8DPXJJ8
Below are the 2016-2017 available Service Sites.
|Mabelvale Middle School||Little Rock, AR||Not Filled|
|Tri Cycle Farms||Fayetteville, AR||Filled|
|City of North Little Rock Fit 2 Live Initiative||North Little Rock, AR||Filled|
|Yellville Summit School District||Yellville, AR||Filled|
|Washington Elementary School||Fayetteville, AR||Filled|
|AR Children's Hospital Promise Neighborhood Gardens||Little Rock, AR||Filled|
|University of the Ozarks: Food for Thought Garden||Clarksville, AR||Filled|
|La Lucha Space/Faulkner County Urban Farm Project||Conway, AR||Filled|
|Apple Seeds||Fayetteville, AR||Filled|
|Thrive, Inc./Helena Community Garden||Helena, AR||Filled|
|Dunbar Garden Project||Little Rock, AR||Not Filled|
ACHRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program