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School Gardens: Putting an End to the Veggie Battle

school-gardenWe have all experienced the challenge of getting a child to eat anything that resembles a vegetable. We have a tear-free solution to your daily veggie battles—one that doesn’t involve hours in the kitchen or countless added ingredients. The hands-on education kids receive through school garden programs makes eating veggies fun.

The number of school garden programs is on the rise in the Reno/Sparks area; however, many schools need support to make the existence and growth of these programs possible. Parents, teachers and volunteers play an important role in starting school gardens and improving existing programs. But where do you start? 

 Join us for the 2017 Nevada School Garden Conference on Jan. 14, 2017 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. Perfect for school gardens of all stages, the conference is hosted by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

What does the program entail?

It’s no secret that the initial school garden planning process can be challenging. Let educators from Silver Springs Elementary and Caughlin Ranch Elementary simplify with tips on planning considerations, rallying support and funding resources (view the full schedule).

How do you help take a school garden to the next level? Attend “Farm to School Curriculum-Advanced STEM” for advice from Urban Roots on integrating a school garden into a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classroom.

Curious of the impact school gardens have on kids? Cory King, Carson City Greenhouse Project manager, will wrap up the conference by reflecting on the countless local students and community members that have flourished thanks to garden education programs.

Ready to sign up?

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an evening reception at Mountain View Montessori School from 5 to 7 p.m. Registration is $25, which includes snacks, lunch and conference resources. Register online by January 7!

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


ashley-jeppsonAshley has a degree in rangeland management and animal sciences and has worked with the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) since 2010. Ashley coordinates several NDA programs including the Farm to School Food Safety program, the Specialty Crop Grant program and the Good Agriculture Practices program.

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About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the owner of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a girl in her tweens and an 8-year-old boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loves for its natural beauty. She has written three books in a children’s book series called the Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection as well as The Kindness Ninja. Lynnette has been blogging since 2002 and admits she's a bit obsessed with reading mommy blogs. She loves to experience the outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. Lynnette’s life is a blur of school activities, kid sports, breaking up fights between her kids, making home cooked meals, and snuggling, mixed with days of working on a computer trying to make this world a better place.

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