Our Core


Our Mission

To inspire healthy living through garden-based education. 


What We Do

We create programs that educate and excite young students about healthy food AND increase students’ access to those healthy foods. 


Why We Do It

Because every student has the right to accessible, fresh, healthy food.

Because positive habits are more likely to persist into adulthood if they’re established before 6th grade.

And Because Our Students Need It

  • 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese.

  • Students only receive on average 3.4 hours of nutrition education annually.

  • 49% of Arkansas adolescents report consuming fruits/vegetables less than one time a day.

How We Got Started

In 1997 a small and passionate group of leaders from Ozark Natural Foods saw a need to reconnect students with where their food comes from. They had the conviction and vision to launch Apple Seeds as a 501c(3). Starting small and growing thoughtfully, we’re now more capable of serving the growing needs of NWA’s students than ever before.

Our Team


We’re a dedicated team that manages the farm and runs the educational programs on the Teaching Farm and in the schools. We love to garden, cook good food and care for the earth. We also love dogs, square dancing, trail riding and driving tractors. One thing we all have in common? We’re dedicated to our mission. And of course we love kids!

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors has a passion for Apple Seeds’ mission and is instrumental in promoting awareness.

Reed Luhtanen, Chairman of the Board

Stuart Hindmarsh, Secretary

kelcie atwell, treasurer

carolyn baltz, board member

Matt Boring, Board Member

jennifer neill, board member

patricia rodriguez, board member

Logan Webster, Board Member

ruth bradley weyland, board member