RALEIGH — A Robeson County student is among 13 elementary school students across the state whose art pieces have been chosen for the North Carolina Farm to School 2017-2018 calendar.
James Michael Jacobs, a first-grader at Union Chapel Elementary, will have his art displayed on the December 2017 entry of the calendar.
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 Steve Troxler, agriculture commissioner. “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.”
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. The N.C. Grange sponsored the Farm to School calendar.
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.