N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, right, and Jennie Gentry, with the N.C. Grange, pose with Amari Honan, student at Sallie B. Howard School.
For the Times
A local girl’s artwork will be featured in the North Carolina Farm to School 2017-2018 calendar.
Amari Honan’s apples will be featured in August. Amari is a fourth-grader at Sallie B. Howard School for Arts and Education in Wilson County.
Thirteen elementary school students’ art pieces have been chosen for the calendar. This marks the seventh year for the popular contest.
The Farm to School program began in 1997 as a collaborative effort of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Distribution and Marketing divisions. The two divisions work together to secure orders from child nutrition directors and then source and deliver locally grown fruits and vegetables for school lunch programs. During the 2016-2017 school year, the program generated nearly $1.3 million with participation by 79 school districts statewide.
“The judges had an outstanding selection of artwork to choose from with more than 2,000 entries,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “It is interesting to see agriculture from their perspective, and I am proud they are learning more about where their food comes from and that agriculture and agribusiness is North Carolina’s leading industry.”
Also in our area, artwork by Jayda Leonard, a kindergartner at Cedar Grove Elementary in Nash County, was chosen for the July 2018 page.
Winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Got to Be NC Festival in Raleigh. The winning artwork will be on display throughout the year in the Agriculture Building and at the N.C. State Fair in October.
Limited numbers of the calendars will be available through participating school systems before the start of the school year. Additional copies will be available at NCDA&CS on a first-come, first-served basis, and printer-friendly versions will be available online at www.ncfarmtoschool.com.