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The University of the Ozarks' Food for Thought Garden is located in Clarksville Arkansas, on the University of the Ozarks campus. The garden, initiated in the Spring of 2015, serves as an extension of the Environmental Studies program and offers hands-on learning experiences in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. Integral to the definition of sustainability, the garden works to be ecologically sound, promote social well-being, and remain economically viable.

Produce grown in our garden is split between the student volunteers, members of our community facing food security challenges, and sold both on campus and at the local farmer's market. Food shared with our community is either given to the Interfaith Food Bank or distributed by Clarksville Schools as part of their weekend backpack food program. In our first year and a half, we grew a variety of produce including tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peas, greens and squash.

Future plans include installing a drip irrigation system and cultivating additional vegetable and soft fruit beds.

In addition, the creation of a neighborhood garden will take place in Cline Park to provide local residents with access to spaces for the cultivation of fresh produce and positive community interactions.

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Frances Adams

Frances Adams graduated from the University of the Ozarks Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Environment Studies. She is one of the founding members of the Food For Thought Garden and interned at Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, an environmental non-profit organization, before joining GardenCorps. She is very excited for what this year has in store for the Food For Thought Garden and loves making an impact on the Clarksville community. She is especially close to the garden cat, Cauliflower.

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Nena Evans

Nena Evans was born in Rogers, Arkansas, but raised mostly in Bergman, Arkansas. She graduated high school from Bergman in 2012 and earned a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies in May of 2016 at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. She has been involved in gardening and addressing environmental issues her entire life. This is Nena's second term with the Arkansas GardenCorps, and she's excited to continue her involvement with the Food for Thought Garden at the U of O, as well as the development of a neighborhood garden to be located in Cline Park in Clarksville. She loves the way gardens can connect people of all backgrounds and circles of life, while also providing the tools and knowledge necessary to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

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Nena Evans

Nena was born in Rogers, Arkansas, but raised mostly in Bergman, Arkansas. She graduated high school from Bergman in 2012 and is currently attending college at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville where she will graduate from in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. She has been involved in gardening and addressing environmental issues her entire life. Last spring, she was involved in the beginning of the first on-campus garden at U of O, which is where she will be serving her term with Arkansas GardenCorps. She love the way she adn her fellow students are able to use the garden to not only provide healthy, local food to the nearby community and student body at the university, but also increase knowledge about nutrition, the environment, and sustainable agriculture.

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