North Canton student wins NC Farm to School calendar art contest
Thirteen elementary school students’ art pieces have been chosen for the North Carolina Farm to School 2013-14 calendar. In addition to the artwork, the calendar includes daily agricultural facts. This is the fourth year for the contest.
The artwork of Todd Evans, a second-grader at North Canton Elementary, was selected as September 2014 entry in the calendar.
“This year, we received more than 3,800 entries with images of agricultural scenes such as tractors, farmers, cows, fruits and vegetables,” agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. “These calendars will help kids learn more about North Carolina agriculture and its connection to our food supply.”
The contest was open to all public elementary students across the state. The winners received $50 gift cards sponsored by the N.C. Farm to School Cooperative, the group of farmers supplying produce to the program.
A limited number 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.
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 2013-14 school year, the program generated nearly $1.4 million with participation by 92 of the 117 school districts statewide.