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First-ever Hydroponics Teacher Training Held in November
Three teachers building their own aeroponics' system at Green Our Planet's all-day hydroponics teacher training, held on Nov 3rd.
Nearly 50 CCSD teachers attended the first-of-its-kind Hydroponics Teacher Training in the state of Nevada, created and facilitated by Green Our Planet on Nov 3rd, 2018. Green Our Planet's Hydroponics Program Manager Taylor Quiram and Teacher Trainer & Curriculum Development Manager Sue Cormier finalized a K–5 Hydroponics curriculum this fall to supplement the training and ensure that teachers have the tools they need to use hydroponics as a teaching tool.

In the post-training survey, one teacher described the training as "an intro to different designs of hydroponics units, which can be adapted for all grade levels."  Another teacher said, "The training was very informative about uses, different systems, and how to relate it to our curriculum and standards. I enjoyed that it was hands on because I would not feel as confident without that part." 98 percent of teachers who attended the training said they plan to use hydroponics systems as a teaching tool. 

Green Our Planet has installed hydroponics systems and runs its program in 17 CCSD schools thanks to funding and assistance from Green Our Planet partners including Los Vaqueros, Switch, the Carver Family Foundation and the Jameson Foundation. . That number will be expanded to 25 this spring.
Green Our Planet Teacher Trainer & Curriculum Development Manager, Sue Cormier, Farmer Joe and Hydroponics Program Manager Taylor Quiram at the hydroponics training at Laura Dearing ES
Giant Student Farmers Market Raises
Over $11,000 for Local Schools!
(November 8, 2018) Students, teachers, volunteers, sponsors and patrons gathered at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater for Green Our Planet’s bi-annual Giant Student Farmers Market. Over 400 student farmpreneurs from forty one Las Vegas schools sold school garden-grown produce and crafts to the public. Presented by Boyd Gaming in partnership with County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, the Clark County Government and the Clark County School District, this Giant Student Farmers Market was our most successful yet. Students sold more than $11,000--all of which will go directly back into their schools' garden programs! 
Above: Green Our Planet's Financial Literacy Manager, Mariana Johnson and Chris Gaynor, Vice President of Bank of Nevada and Green Our Planet Board Member, address more than 80 volunteer bankers from 11 financial institutions who helped students make-change, negotiate with customers, price items and market their goods. As part of Green Our Planet's fifth-grade Farmpreneur Program, the bankers taught classroom lessons on market analysis, business plans and advertising to prepare the students for the the largest student farmers market in America. The bankers then coached the students (and bought produce!) at the market.
TWO LOCAL LANDSCAPE COMPANIES & 200+ VOLUNTEERS HELP BUILD FOUR SCHOOL GARDENS IN ONE MORNING
On the morning of December 15th, more than 200 volunteers, two local landscape companies, the Green Our Planet build team and a handful of sponsors got together to build four new school gardens at local elementary schools. Alpha Landscaping and Gothic Landscaping donated their time and materials to build gardens at Eisenberg and Bass Elementary Schools while the Green Our Planet build team built gardens at David Cox and Don & Dee Snyder Elementary Schools. Many thanks to Alpha and Gothic Landscaping and to all of the sponsors and volunteers!
Above left, clockwise: Bass ES, Cox ES, Eisenberg ES and Snyder ES garden builds on Saturday, Dec 15th.
CHEF'S CORNER: Recipe for Ratatouille
Top row: Chef Lisa's ratatouille; Fourth graders line up for second helpings; Second row: Varieties of eggplant from D.L. Dickens Elementary School's garden; Kale, onion, peppers, basil and other garden-fresh ingredients; Third Row: Students show their approval for Chef Lisa's ratatouille; Green Our Planet Chef Lisa harvests student-grown eggplants for ratatouille
Green Our Planet's Chef-to-School Program brings chefs, nutrition and health professionals and culinary students to schools to perform chef demos. Chef demos help students engage with their garden while learning about nutrition and healthy cooking. The chef shows students how to use fruits, vegetables and herbs the students helped grow. Students then get to sample the chef’s creation and take home the recipe to make with their families. This fall, Green Our Planet's Chef-to-School Program has coordinated over 40 chef demos for more than 3,400 students in elementary, middle and high schools across the Las Vegas Valley.

Ratatouille
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5.5 cups or 1 pound eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can organic diced tomatoes, undrained and/or fresh
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, basil)
Heat oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and
bell peppers; sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 minute. Add
the eggplant, zucchini, salt, black pepper and tomatoes; stir to combine.
Cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Serve over cooked brown rice.

Recipe by Lisa Cheplak, Certified Nutrition Health Coach, Green Our Planet Chef Program Manager
www.lisacheplak.com
SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, January 12 (8:00 am–4:30 pm) | STEAM 101 Teacher Training @ Lowman ES

Saturday, January 26 (9:00 am–12:00 pm) | Gardening 101, Composting and Worms Class @ Lowman ES

Saturday, February 9 (8:00 am–4:30 pm) | Hydroponics Teacher Training @ Goolsby ES

Saturday, February 23 (9:00 am–12:00 pm) | Gardening 101, Composting and Worms Class

Saturday, March 16 (9:00 am–12:00 pm) | Gardening 101, Composting and Worms Class

Saturday, March 30 (8:00 am–4:30 pm) | STEAM 102 Teacher Training

Saturday, April 27 (8:00 am–5:00 pm) | Fifth Annual School Garden Conference @ Rob Roy's Innevation Center
Click Here to Sign Up for Trainings, Classes and Events
Congratulations to Green Our Planet's first-ever Garden of the Month, Zel & Mary Lowman Elementary School garden! With assistance from Lowman teachers and students, Green Our Planet Farmer Brenda transformed the garden from its dry, dormant state in August to a thriving outdoor classroom by November. The well-deserved Garden of the Month (GOTM) banner hangs proudly in Lowman ES front office. It will then move to the December GOTM school, which will be announced in the first week of January. 
Josh Stevens Elementary School booth congratulates their sponsor Drew Brees (Brees Dream Foundation) at the November 8 Giant Student Farmers Market at Clark County Government Center Amphitheater. 
Executive Chef Jennifer Murphy and her team from Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen at Caesars Palace demonstrated to students at Foothills Montessori School how to make spaghetti using spiralized veggies and herbs from their school garden. 
Young pilgrims selling flowers from their school garden at the Giant Student Farmers Market
Namesakes Don & Dee Snyder at the garden build at Don & Dee Snyder Elementary School, on Dec 15, 2018
Some of the 60+ volunteers who showed up at the Don & Dee Snyder Elementary School garden build. Thank you everyone--and Happy Holidays!
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