UAPB, Cole-Crosby honored

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and an extension staff member received awards at Tuskegee University.

UAPB received the 2013 Growing the Future Sustainability Prize Award at the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference pre-conference “Second Successful Marketing Opportunities for Historically Disadvantaged Farmers Conference” session.

Extension Associate Iris Cole-Crosby received the individual award for servant-leadership in building partnerships between small farmers and the private sector.

Five 1890 institutions – UAPB, Fort Valley State University, Prairie View A&M University, Alcorn State University and Tuskegee University – are part of a consortium on marketing vegetables locally grown by small farmers. UAPB took home the institution award.

A UAPB team led by Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program, and Cole-Crosby, consisted of Arlanda Jacobs, Carolyn Prowell, Extension associates; Ernest Bradley, multi-county agent; Julius Handcock, UAPB Lonoke Farm resident manager; James O. Garner, dean/director, School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences; and Leslie Glover, professor and associate dean for Outreach and Technology Transfer; received the team award. Besides the UAPB members, the team included East Arkansas Enterprise Corporation and D&S Produce.

The team was successful in getting fresh southern peas locally grown by small farmers into Walmart produce departments. A part of the team, but receiving separate awards, were Ester Doolittle, owner of D&S Produce; and Alex Cole, outreach technician, East Arkansas Enterprise Corp., a community-based organization.

The awards were presented by Walter A. Hill, Tuskegee vice provost and dean, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences.

Carol Sanders is a writer/editor at the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.