The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has announced recipients of the second round of funding for the Arkansas Grown Grant for Northwest Arkansas Farmers Pilot Program.
The program, created with support from the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Food Systems Initiative, offers $15,000 grants to eligible farmers in Benton, Washington, Madison, and Carroll counties who are committed to increasing capacity for wholesale fruit and vegetable production.
The overall goal of the pilot program is to increase the amount of locally produced food in the four-county area.
The grant recipients are:
- Kings River Produce
- Honest Dirt Market Garden
- Hanna Family Ranch
- Gaia's Garden Farmstead
- Bear Valley Farm
- Reagan Family Farm
- PrairieWoods Farms
- Dripping Springs Garden
“This pilot program provides funding directly to farmers to improve their operations and increase availability of fresh, locally grown food for consumers,” Wes Ward, Arkansas secretary of agriculture, said in a news release. “The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is honored to assist in the administration of this grant program and looks forward to seeing its positive impacts.”
Grants were awarded in addition to the 25 farms awarded in the first round of funding last year.