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School Gardens: Making Veggies Fun at School

Pine Middle School Garden. Image Credit: Liz Soper

Carrots taste all that much better when your child gets to plant and watch them grow, pick them from the earth and eat them for snack with other kids in class. School gardens offer endless learning opportunities for kids, help encourage responsibility and ownership of a project and reinforce healthy eating habits.

School garden programs are becoming more popular here in Reno-Sparks, but many schools still need programs or support to grow their programs.

The question is, how can parents get involved or get a project like this started? We have the answers.

Join us for the 2016 Nevada School Garden Conference on April 9 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. This conference, hosted by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) in partnership with Urban Roots and Desert Farming Initiative, is ideal for parents, teachers and volunteers who might be interested in starting a school garden or improving the one their school has.

The conference will cover beginner and advanced school garden topics and will highlight successful local school garden programs around Reno. Wonder how to get funding? Our “Fundraisers/Funding for School Garden Materials” panel will help you find sources (view the full schedule).

How will you get teachers to participate? Attend the “Curriculum Integration” session to collect curriculum resources and advice from Urban Roots and Douglas High School.

Need a mentor to help you through the process? More than a dozen school garden champions (including Oregon school garden superstar and keynote speaker, Rick Sherman) and NDA staff will be available to answer your questions and provide connections to get your project off the ground.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with an evening reception at Urban Roots from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is $25, which includes meals for the day and conference resources. Register online by April 1!

Questions: Contact me at ajeppson@agri.nv.gov.

This post was written by Ashley Jeppson of the Nevada Department of Agriculture.



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