As a young child, my father was a rice farmer in Crowley, Louisiana; “The Rice Capital of America”. Now as an adult I live in Arkansas, rice producing state.
Arkansas is the nation’s largest rice growing state, producing half of the nation’s rice and nearly nine billion pounds annually. Arkansas ranks first among rice producing states.
Rice production is concentrated in the eastern half of the state. The top five rice producing counties are Arkansas, Poinsett, Cross, Lawrence and Lonoke. Arkansas rice is sodium, cholesterol and gluten free. Rice has only a trace of fat and has not trans fat or saturated fat.
This week at the Fast Food Farm we are Harvesting for the Needy. As part of the Fast Food Farm project the Ag Science classes and the Pro-Start classes plant seeds in late summer and early fall on 15 rows. Once a week the Ag Science students care for the plants until it is time for harvest. What perfect timing for harvest, just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. This week we harvested 90 family bags of broccoli, green beans, turnips, peas, corn, and lettuce and donated to the St. Vincent de Paul for the Thanksgiving baskets for the Needy.