NEWS RELEASE January 20, 2016 For Immediate Release FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The Walmart Foundation provided Apple Seeds, a local education non-profit, with funds to support its school garden educational programs. Through the grant, Apple Seeds will provide garden leaders with the support they need to develop their gardens and inspire their students to grow and eat fruits and vegetables. The grant also provides funding for school markets—giving students and the surrounding community access to fresh, affordable produce. This is the third year that the Walmart Foundation has funded Apple Seeds. In 2015 Apple Seeds trained 34 garden leaders from 20 schools. Apple Seeds also reached more than 3,000 students and community members through their garden markets and distributed 1,300 pounds of fresh produce. “Students not only need access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, they need to be willing to try new vegetables,” says Mary Thompson, Co-Executive Director, Apple Seeds. Last year 85% of the students who attended a market tried a sample of the healthy snack and 47% of those students replicated that snack at home. “It’s a ripple effect – as we continue to reach more young students, we’re going to see greater change in the Northwest Arkansas region,” Thompson says. Apple Seeds School Garden Workshop The Walmart Foundation is funding Apple Seeds’ upcoming school garden workshop. It takes place on Thursday, February 25 from 4-7pm at Owl Creek School in Fayetteville. Taught by Apple Seeds staff and community experts, the workshop is designed to give elementary and middle school teachers and garden leaders as well as home gardeners the skills and resources to help their gardens flourish. To learn more and register, visit http://appleseedsnwa.org/school-garden-workshop/. ABOUT APPLE SEEDS For nearly 10 years Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food, and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, garden education, student garden markets, and school garden workshops. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org. # # # If you would like more information, please contact Kyra Ramsey by phone or email: 847.736.1633 | firstname.lastname@example.org.