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The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust was recently awarded a major grant from the Walton Family Foundation to help farmers seeking land and resources to grow fruits and vegetables for local wholesale markets to meet growing demand.

Courtesy / University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

A new certificate program from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is offering training for aspiring farmers in an effort to reinvigorate the state's small farms and develop local foodways. 

Courtesy / Hazel Valley Farms

The outbreak of COVID-19 has hit the agriculture supply chain hard and devastated farms across the nation. However, some smaller, local farms are seeing a spike in community supported agriculture - where consumers subscribe to a weekly box of fresh fruits, vegetables and more directly from producers.

Through Northwest Arkansas Food Systems, the Walton Family Foundation is working to expand opportunities for farmers and increase consumers' access to fresh products. The goal is to position the region as a national model for local food grown in healthy soil.

Courtesy / White River Creamery

Farmers have had to adjust the way they sell their products to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses like White River Creamery and Fat Top Farm have tried new services like home delivery and reaching farmers market customers through a smartphone app.

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Worries about food scarcity and hoarding during the COVID-19 pandemic are spurring more Americans to home garden for the first time. Farmer Lindi Phillips, who operates Willowmeade Farm in Prairie Grove, has been responding to online queries on where to dig and what is best to plant on the Ozarks bioregion. She's also sharing gardening advice on her Facebook page as well via her Instagram @matriarkie.

Courtesy / Future Farmers of America

A Springdale teacher has launched the first Future Farmers of America chapter at an online school. The FFA chapter is an addition to the agriculture courses already being offered at Arkansas Virtual Academy.

Courtesy / Arkansas Farm Bureau

Rain, heat and almost everything else has had an effect on Arkansas farmers in 2019 and those irregular weather patterns both harmed and helped them in their planting and harvesting.

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Vet Veggies in Springdale, a veteran-owned enterprise, provides fresh leafy green hydroponic-grown vegetables and herbs year-round to Northwest Arkansas restaurants and grocers. The company is a proving ground for sustainable climate-controlled freight shipping container vegetable farming.

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is launching NWA Farm-Link, a free online interactive program to connect farm seekers with farmland owners. Farm-Link, which transacts farm properties in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties, offers transfer options including land sale, leasing, or apprenticeships.