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September 29, 2016
Consumer Technology Association (CTA) & Lowe's Help Fund Four New Outdoor Garden Classrooms

These Are Some of 95 School Gardens That Green Our Planet Has Helped Fund And Install Since 2013
Last spring, the Consumer Technology Assocation (CTA) and Lowe's co-funded four new Outdoor Garden Classrooms in the CCSD, part of the twenty new school gardens Green Our Planet helped to fund and build during the last year. Together with its partner Garden Farms, the two have collaborated on 95 school gardens and will have completed more than 100 by the end of 2016. These gardens affect more than 3,000 teachers and 60,000 students in the CCSD. Green Our Planet now runs the largest school garden program in the western United States and the second largest in the nation.

(Below: Green Our Planet school gardens. The green flags represent completed gardens; the red flags represent schools in the process of fundraising to build gardens. You can visit some of the fundraising campaigns on Green Our Planet's crowdfunding platform
 here)
Caesars Entertainment and Community Volunteers Beautify       CH Decker Elementary School 
On September 17th, Caesars Entertainment and community volunteers assisted teachers in beautifying CH Decker Elementary School by painting the classroom doors fun and exciting colors. The flourishing school garden received a boost by having the harvest table and garden beds stained,  weeds pulled and leaves raked. Thank you to everyone who stopped by! 
KB Home, Pardee Homes, Toll Brothers, and Beazer Homes Help Spread the Joy of Gardening in Schools

Volunteers from five different home building companies joined Green Our Planet at Liberty High School to help build their first organic garden on August 26th, 2016. The garden was funded by the Consumer Technology Association, Lowe's and Inspirada. Read more on KB Home's blog.

Meet the New Green Our Planet Team!
(Above, from left to right: Taylor Quiram, Melissa Camarena, Bev Patton, Diana Garcia and Shilpa Daulat

We are pleased to announce our new team! Each member brings a number of important talents to the organization, such as landscape architecture, hydroponics, aquaponics, health sciences, graphic design, marketing and more.  The combined talents will help us reach our goals this year.  To read more about each individual, click here.

 
New Green Our Planet Program Manger, Bev Patton. Originally from Hawaii, Bev has been a resident of Las Vegas for over two decades. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI with a double major in Psychology & French. Her fascination to experience life & appreciate people in other countries has taken her to Europe, Asia and Africa. She is known most notably through her achievements in developing & managing the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras program for 14 years, which began as a small nonprofit and now is a Las Vegas institution.

SPOTLIGHT ON:

ARTIST RANDY MENDRE
AND HIS
101 SUNS PROJECT
Artist Randy Mendre, founder of 101 Suns Project, is excited about his current endeavor to beautify Las Vegas' schools. The project was founded soon after he was asked to build a sculpture for John S. Park Elementary's community garden. He was inspired by all the incredible teachers and wanted to do more. Mendre says, "101 Suns Project is my idea to put a two-series sun sculpture in every school garden in Clark County. This is my way to contribute to what I feel is an invaluable way to inspire our communities and hopefully a future artist along the way!" 

Mendre will be building sun sculptures and donating them to schools across the valley. Contact randymendre@gmail.com to get a sun in your school garden!
Grants for the Garden
Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants: $2,000 monetary grant to build or expand a garden on the grounds of a K-12 school. The grant is due Oct 31, 2016.
Garden Tip

By Tiffany Whisenant of Garden Farms
Fall in in the Mojave Desert is so welcomed, so lovely, so full of actual weather instead of the intense UV storms of summer. September is a great time for many gardening activities, like planting fruit trees, adding a fresh layer of compost to the garden and willing the last tomato fruits out of your summer vines.

Each fall, I struggle with whether or not to take my tomato plants out to make more room for fall crops, or to leave them in to see how many fruits might ripen before I absolutely have to remove them. Often, I leave half of my plants in and end up with many green tomatoes just before the first frost. The fruits will ripen wonderfully after a few days on the counter in a brown paper bag, the compromise on space is usually worth it.

 
September is an ideal time to harvest fruits from the nightshade family, like eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers. We had such an incredible heatwave that many of these plants experienced dormancy and looked worse for the wear this summer. If you're willing to see through the hard times with the nightshades, they make up for it many times over in the fall with pounds of delicious fruit.
Upcoming Events
October 1st, 10am-4pm Grow Your Own Festival at Vegas Roots Community Garden 

Green Our Planet Teacher Training Returns By Popular Demand!

Sign up for any of three different sessions below via Eventbrite:

 
 
1) October 18th and 20th, 4:30-8:30pm Green Our Planet Teacher Training for 1 PDE credit (5 Contact Units)
 
2) November 1st and 3rd, 4:30-8:30pm Green Our Planet Teacher Training for 1 PDE credit (5 Contact Units)
 
3) November 15th and 17th, 4:30-8:30pm Green Our Planet Teacher Training for 1 PDE credit (5 Contact Units) 

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