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Local students win N.C. Farm to School calendar art contest

–Thirteen elementary school students’ art pieces have been chosen for the North Carolina Farm to School 2013-2014 calendar. In addition to the artwork, the calendar includes daily agricultural facts. This is the third year for the contest.

The Farm to School program began in 1997 as a collaborative effort of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Distribution and Marketing divisions. The two divisions work together to secure orders from child nutrition directors and then source and deliver locally grown fruits and vegetables for school lunch programs. During the 2012-2013 school year, the program generated nearly $1.4 million with participation of 92 school districts statewide.

“This year, we received more than 3,800 entries with images of agricultural scenes such as tractors, farmers, cows, fruits and vegetables,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. “These calendars will help kids learn more about North Carolina agriculture and its connection to our food supply.”

The winners of the calendar contest and the month their artwork will represent are as follows:

Cover Art – Alexi Casias, a fifth-grader at Pink Hill Elementary in Lenoir County;

August 2013 – Lilah Altemose, a fourth-grader at Brevard Elementary in Transylvania County;

September 2013 – Heaven Thornton, a fifth-grader at Landis Elementary in Rowan County;

October 2013 – Sarah Cloutier, a fourth-grader at Claxton Elementary in Guilford County;

November 2013 – Cora Perryman, a second-grader at Westfield Elementary in Surry County;

December 2013 – Ella Dockendorf, a fifth-grader at Atkinson Elementary in Henderson County;

January 2014 – Kennedy Conard, a kindergartner at N. Canton Elementary in Haywood County;

February 2014 – Takyra Coffin, a fifth-grader at Bethesda Elementary in Durham County;

March 2014 – Elise Warren, a third-grader at Timber Drive Elementary in Wake County;

April 2014 – Abe Martinez, a third-grader at Rockford Elementary in Surry County;

May 2014 – Gayathri Achar, a second-grader at Cedar Fork Elementary in Wake County;

June 2014 – Ashton Brown, a first-grader at Rockwell Elementary in Rowan County;

July 2014 – Olivia Aycock, a second-grader at Northwest Elementary in Wayne County.

The contest was open to all public elementary students across the state. The winners received $50 gift cards sponsored by the N.C. Farm to School Cooperative, the group of farmers supplying produce to the program.

Winners will be announced at the School Nutrition Association annual conference in June, and their artwork will be on display in the Agriculture Building and at the N.C. State Fair in October.

Limited numbers of the calendars will be available through participating school systems before the start of the school year. Additional copies will be available at NCDA&CS on a first-come, first-served basis, and printer-friendly versions will be available online at is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.