appleseeds

Apple Seeds is a non-profit organization based in Fayetteville, AR that works to educate and excite children about healthy food while increasing access to healthy food in schools. In 2014, we broke ground on a new Teaching Farm where we host workshops, field trips, and grow produce for students in Northwest Arkansas. Our Garden Corps Service Members garden under the guidance of an organic farmer and assist in educational field trips and school garden markets. Through our Plant to Plate Program, Apple Seeds partners with schools and community organizations to establish activities that serve students and their families, such as gardening clubs, school garden education, farm field trips, student-run farmers markets, and healthy snack classes. These hands-on, educational programs empower students with skills to grow their own food, inspiring them to make healthy food choices that positively impact their lives.

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Jackson Wells

A recent intern at Dripping Springs Garden in Huntsville, AR, Jackson definitely got his hands dirty transplanting, prepping beds, setting up drip irrigation, and sowing thousands of seeds in the greenhouse. But before his internship at Dripping Springs, Jackson worked for Heifer International at their educational farm in Rutland, MA where he worked closely with cattle, poultry, goats and even some exotic animals. While at Heifer, he led educational programs on agricultural sustainability, world hunger and poverty. And before that he managed a small educational garden at Ferncliff Camp in Little Rock where he showed his campers the ins and outs of where their food comes from. So, soil is in his genes and jeans, literally! When he's not playing in the dirt you can find him helping out at Summer Kitchen Family Farm, backpacking, exploring the Ozarks, and pickin' on his banjo.

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Ryan Dunn

Ryan has been gardening in Arkansas since 2010, first as an intern with Dripping Springs Garden near Fayetteville, and later starting his own urban market garden in Little Rock from 2011 to 2014. Love of the outdoors and community led him to pursue sustainable agriculture after studying comparative religions and art in college. He makes and sells pottery. This is his second year serving with Arkansas GardenCorps at Apple Seeds in Fayetteville.

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Joshua Simmons

Josh is originally from Magnolia, Arkansas, but has lived all over Arkansas.  He has a passion for cooking and food and is happy to be learning more about how to actually grow it.

 

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Brett Williams

Brett is entering her third year as an AmeriCorps Service Member. She started her service in Boston, Massachusets, working for a organization that mobilized corporate and individual volunteers. Last year She joined Apple Seeds as the Farm Program Coordinator. She developed and executed the first ever Farm Lab field trips which brought elementary students from around Northwest Arkansas to the new Teaching Farm. Brett has decided to continue her service with Apple Seeds, this time as an Arkansas GardenCorps Service Member. She is excited to be more hands on in the garden while continuing to educate and excite students about eating healthy and trying new things. Brett likes baking, hiking, painting, the music of Fleetwood Mac, and silly people.

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Ryan Dunn

Ryan has been gardening in Arkansas since 2010, first as an intern with Dripping Springs Garden near Fayetteville, and later starting his own urban market garden in Little Rock from 2011 to 2014. Love of the outdoors and community led him to pursue sustainable agriculture after studying comparative religions and art in college. He makes and sells pottery. This is his second year serving with Arkansas GardenCorps at Apple Seeds in Fayetteville.

"We have a neighbor near the Teaching Farm that is an avid gardener and has shared with us some produce from her garden from time to time. I delivered extra cucumbers from our garden to her son, and was surprised a few days later with a large squash from her garden to return the favor!"

- James Ryan Dunn, Apple Seeds Service Member

"I had a second grade student excitedly tell me that it was his first time to ever "cook" as we prepared our own snack during Farm Lab. I believe these experiences begin to build the confidence that students need so that they can be more independent in eating and making smarter, healthier snack choices."

- Brett Williams, Apple Seeds Service Member

"The students at the Bayarri school markets are quite apprehensive when it comes to trying new things but seeing them taste the samples and even enjoying them always puts a smile on my face."

- Kendra Johnson, Apple Seeds Service Member

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