November 3, 2016

New Hydroponics Initiative!
Green Our Planet And Los Vaqueros Partner To Deliver First Hydroponic Units To Walter Bracken Elementary School

On October 24th, Green Our Planet and its partner, Los Vaqueros, delivered the first two vertical hydroponic units to Walter Bracken Elementary School, a school Green Our Planet has been working with for several years. The units are part of a new initiative that the two nonprofits have been collaborating on since last spring--to design, build, deliver and help run similar systems at 10 CCSD elementary schools by the end of this year. Los Vaqueros, a local nonprofit, funded and built the units. Green Our Planet will now help the schools integrate them into their science and nutrition lessons. Since the hydroponic units will allow plants to be grown directly in water, seed to harvesting times operate twice as fast as traditional, land-based agriculture. The school hopes to use the increased produce to provide vegetables for a supplemental salad bar, thus helping to change student eating habits at lunchtime. Green Our Planet and Los Vaqueros will collaborate on and deliver hydroponic units to nine more CCSD elementary schools by the end of 2016. Congratulations to Los Vaqueros, to Principal Katie Decker and to the awesome Bracken garden team!
Left to right: Ben Parks, Board President of Los Vaqueros, Taylor Quiram, Green Our Planet garden coordinator and hydroponics' specialist, Sherry Proudfoot, learning strategist at Bracken Elementary School, and Justin Anderson, Los Vaqueros Treasurer.
Teacher Training at Crestwood Elementary
The first of three fall sessions of Green Our Planet's Teacher Training was a great success!
On October 18th and 20th, teachers from across CCSD attended Green Our Planet's Teacher Training at Crestwood Elementary School. The teachers used Green Our Planet's Outdoor Garden Classroom Pre-K through 5th grade curriculum and were taught by the same CCSD teachers who created the curriculum in 2014. Last year, Green Our Planet helped train 170 teachers; its goal this year is to train 300 more teachers.  All those who complete the training receive 1 PDE credit or 5 contact units. Thank you to Switch and to the Whole Kids Foundation for sponsoring the training and to the Regenerative Education (REC) teachers for running the excellent training sessions!

What are teachers saying about the training?

"The garden training with Green Our Planet was awesome!  My school garden is just in the beginning stages, so this was a wonderful opportunity for myself and other teachers from my school to get our hands dirty and learn how to use the STEAM curriculum in our outdoor classroom.  We learned about milkweed, and how it can be used in our garden to keep out gnats (we also may be adding a milkweed section to our garden).  As part of the fifth grad training I watched this great Ted Talk on inner-city gardens. The speaker was phenomenal and it was inspirational to see all that he had done.  I highly recommend this class to all teachers who have gardens especially those who just got a new garden.  It's also a great way to network with other teacher gardeners!!"                                  
                        - 5th Grade Teacher at Roger Bryan Elementary School 

Green Our Planet Founders Kim MacQuarrie and Ciara Byrne Receive Compassionate Cities Award

Kim MacQuarrie and Ciara Byrne, founders of Green Our Planet, were honored by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman with the Compassionate Hero Award during the 2016 Compassionate Cities Award Ceremony. The award recognizes people whose kindness and service has made a positive impact in our community. In addition to the award, the winners received a $5,000 donation. MacQuarrie accepted the award and check at a ceremony in Las Vegas City Hall on Wed. Oct. 19th, 2016.

UNLV professor and philanthropist Gard Jameson nominated the duo for their work in creating the successful Outdoor Garden Classroom Program in Las Vegas. Over the past three and a half years, Green Our Planet has established one of the largest school garden programs in the nation. The organization has with their partner, Garden Farms helped fund and build 100 gardens at Las Vegas schools, impacting over 60,000 students and 3,000 teachers by providing a hands-on approach to teaching science, math and healthy nutrition to CCSD students. 

New Garden Built At William & Mary Scherkenbach Elementary School
Thanks to United Way and volunteers from Frito-Lay a new garden was built at Scherkenbach ES on October 27th. The student council at Scherkenbach raised most of the money to build the school garden. The students are looking forward to enjoying their first fall harvest!
World Teacher's Day 
October 5th 
"Fatmana Deniz is the G.A.T.E. teacher and Garden Team Leader at CH Decker Elementary School. She organized a beautification day for the school earlier this year with Caesars Entertainment to cut trees, pull weeds, stain the garden beds and the harvest table and paint classroom doors. She's also been coordinating weekly farmers markets every Friday. And because of Fatmana's hard work and dedication to the garden, Randy Mendre, an artist and philanthropist, is donating one of his famous sun sculptures to CH Decker to honor Fatmana. Fatmana is a great leader and I can't wait to see what she'll produce this year!"                                                                                                           - Melissa Camarena, Green our Planet Coordinator 
"Shaunna Sherman is a rockstar for the Jydstrup Elementary School Garden! She's gotten the school and the garden off to a great start early in the school year by organizing a garden clean-up with the teachers and the school's farmer, working on several grants, and planning a chef demo for the school's Fall Festival. The chef demo was great; the chef made zombie-gut-tacos which the students and parents loved and everyone was so impressed that the ingredients came from the garden! Shaunna is an enthusiastic and dedicated leader who has inspired and motivated the other teachers on the garden team. I am excited to see what Jydstrup can accomplish this year under Shaunna's leadership!"                                                                                                           - Shilpa Daulat, Green Our Planet Coordinator 
"Juliana Urtubey is a superstar garden teacher at Crestwood Elementary. Not only does she teach out in the garden with her classes during the school day, she also runs the Garden Gnomies, the 70-student, Crestwood Garden Club, and she is the Garden Team Leader for the school's garden committee. Julianna was one of the teachers instrumental in creating the Green Our Planet Outdoor Garden Classroom Curriculum and she is one of the teacher trainers helping teach other teachers across the school district how to incorporate the garden into the teaching day. She is truly an example of a teacher that strives to make the garden a part of the school culture!"                                                                                                                                                - Diana Garcia, Green Our Planet Coordinator
Garden Tip

By Tiffany Whisenant of Garden Farms
I was just chatting with my sister, who lives in Coos Bay, Oregon, and they are expecting their first freeze in the next few weeks. There is an expected high of 80 in Henderson this weekend, and I told her I was pretty sure we wouldn't have to bundle the kids up for trick-or-treating this Halloween.

I have to remind myself that while we're enjoying a beautiful fall so far, the cold weather often comes quickly and unexpectedly to our valley. Planting seeds as early as possible in the fall is ideal (we like to have the majority of our fall seeds in by early October) and getting fall transplants of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts in the ground in early to mid October will ensure a jump start in the garden before the frost arrives.

Make sure to allow enough space for your transplants to reach a healthy maturity. A broccoli plant can reach more than 1' wide by 3' tall, so leave the space in your garden for these transplants to show you how epic they can become.
Upcoming Events
Green Our Planet Teacher Training Returns By Popular Demand!

Sign up for any of three different sessions below via Eventbrite to gain 1 PDE or 5 contact units:
1) November 1st and 3rd, 4:30-8:30pm Green Our Planet Teacher Training for 1 PDE credit (5 Contact Units)

2) November 5th 8am-3pm Special Needs Conference - Registration and Information available through Pathlore. Keyword "Garden"
3) November 15th and 17th, 4:30-8:30pm Green Our Planet Teacher Training for 1 PDE credit (5 Contact Units) 

Mark the Date!
April 29th, 2017 The Fourth Annual Green Our Planet School Garden Conferenceu’d like to do a presentation)

Bowl for a Cause at The Veggie Bowl!
Come roll with Green Our Planet at The Veggie Bowl on November 5th from 1-4 pm at the Red Rock VIP Bowling Lanes!

The Veggie Bowl is an event to help raise awareness and money for Green Our Planet, a local nonprofit that in the last three and a half years has created the largest school garden program in the Western United States—putting in 100 school gardens in Las Vegas. So please join us on Saturday afternoon at the Red Rock Lanes for bowling, music, good food, and for a good cause. This event is open to the public via donation—however, there is no minimum donation--anything is welcome! 100% of your donation supports Green Our Planet and the building of school gardens in Las Vegas. Please visit our event page for more information.

To sponsor a VIP lane, please contact or
Come show your support! 

Vegas Magazine presents their 8th Annual Vegas Gives Event

Each year, Vegas Magazine and General Growth Properties select eight exceptionally charitable women in Las Vegas who strive to make a positive impact in our community. Each woman helps raise money for a not-for-profit organization they support by selling tickets to the Vegas Gives event. 

2016 Honoree Lin Jerome, of The Refined Agency and Ladies Who Dine, has chosen 
Green Our Planet as her Vegas Gives non-profit organization. Help Lin spread the joy of outdoor garden classrooms for Clark County School District students by donating and attending this year's Vegas Gives Event hosted at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Palazzo Hotel and Casino on November 15, 2016.

$50 donation includes entry to Vegas Gives and two raffle drawing tickets

$100 donation includes entry to Vegas Gives and five raffle drawing tickets

Unable to attend? You may also support via a direct donation to Green Our Planet here. We hope to see you at Vegas Gives!
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