Two Alexander County students were recognized for honors in the North Carolina Farm to School art contest. Artwork by Aiden Fitzgerald, a 5th grade student at Hiddenite Elementary School was selected to be featured on the calendar for the month of April 2018. Brennon Harrell, also a 5th grade student at Hiddenite Elementary was a finalist with his artwork featured in the centerfold of the calendar.
The North Carolina Farm to School Program was formed in 1997 by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Food Distribution and Marketing Divisions and the U.S. Department of Defense Produce Merchandising Office. The program was developed as a way for North Carolina schools to receive fresh produce grown by local farmers across the state.
All school districts in North Carolina are encouraged to participate in the NC Farm to School Program. Deliveries include strawberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, several varieties of apples, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, red and green cabbage, broccoli, blueberries, and more. And all of these items are grown on North Carolina farms.
The calendar contest features student artwork highlighting the diversity of agriculture throughout the state.