Agriculture Commissioner James Comer invites Kentucky students to enter the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Farm to School Month Art Contest.
“This contest helps students and their parents understand the importance of providing fresh, local foods to Kentucky school children,” Commissioner Comer said. “Farm to School helps kids get a good start on a healthy lifestyle. It also helps Kentucky farmers make a living.”
The theme is “Farm to School Lunch Snapshot.” Any student attending a public, private, parochial, or home school in Kentucky is eligible to participate.
Entries must be submitted to each student’s county school food service director by Friday, Oct. 30. Each entry must be the student’s original drawing on 8½-by-11-inch white unlined paper with the theme printed on it. Each student’s name, address, grade, and school must be listed on the back of the entry. All artwork must be colorful so it could be reproduced on note cards, calendars, or possibly T-shirts.
Each county will select one winner in each of the elementary, middle/junior high school, and high school age groups. Each food service director will bring her or his county’s winning entries to the KDA Administrators Conference Dec. 9-11 in Lexington, where the entries will be judged.
Statewide awards will be presented in each of the three categories. First-place winners will receive $50, second place $30, and third place $20.
Food service directors will get a chef to spend the day with them and their staff for a first-place entry, Farm to School gift baskets for each director and staff member for second place, and one Farm to School gift basket for third place.
Go to www.farmtoschool.org for more information and promotional materials. To find out more about the contest, contact Tina Garland, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program coordinator, at (502) 382-7505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.