The new teaching farm by local education non-profit Apple Seeds Inc. is open on College Avenue, and the first harvest has been collected.
Farm manager Cale Nicholson last week led a tour of the new farm, as he harvested several items grown there this summer, including eggplant, okra, cucumbers, and various flowers.
Bounty from the harvest will be used at a new school garden market at Cooper Elementary School in Bentonville, a local school that participated in Apple Seeds inaugural garden market workshop back in the spring.
Apple Seeds Inc. is a non-profit that seeks to inspire “healthy living through garden-based education.” The organization built the new teaching farm on two acres of property just north of Ozark Natural Foods back in the spring. An anonymous local resident donated the land for the farm, and ONF kicked in $20,000 for the project last winter to help make the farm a reality.
The farm includes demonstration gardens to teach children how to harvest healthy foods, and will offer educational programs designed to teach children the importance of eating a healthy diet.
For more information on the program, visit appleseedsnwa.org.