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October 31, 2018

$14,680 donated by Whole Foods to Green Our Planet!

Green Our Planet is honored and grateful to be the recipient of Whole Foods Market's 5% Community Giving Day. On October 18, Las Vegas Whole Foods Markets donated 5% of net sales to help Green Our Planet fund school garden programs at 4 local schools. With $14,680 raised from 5% Day, our organization will be able to
fund a Green Our Planet Farmer to teach weekly garden lessons, as well as a Coordinator to work with teachers at the 4 schools. The Green Our Planet team will also provide teacher training, a chef program and farmers market opportunities for the more than 3,200 students! Thank you, Whole Foods, for supporting school garden programs in Nevada!
 
Read about Whole Foods Market 5% Day Partnership
"Thank you for supporting our garden!" Sunrise Acres Elementary School students pose in front of  this message written on a whiteboard in their outdoor garden classroom. Green Our Planet has built over 150 school gardens in Nevada, bringing opportunities for STEAM and nutrition lessons to more than 100,000 students. We're thrilled to be able to expand our reach to four additional schools, thanks to our partnership with Whole Foods Market. Thank you, Whole Foods! 

There's only one place in Las Vegas to get pumpkins this big!

The Green Our Planet Giant Student Farmers Market on Thursday, November 8

Green Our Planet’s Biannual Giant Student Farmers Market is the largest student-run farmers market in America, featuring 400+ students from 42+ schools in Southern Nevada. This free, public market will take place at the Clark County Government Center on Thursday, November 8 at 10 am–12 pm. Don't miss it!  Thank you to our partners at the Clark County School District and Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick for making the market possible.  We also want to thank our major sponsors of the market - Switch, University Nevada Cooperative Extension Clark County and Boyd Gaming.  

Above: Marc Kahre Elementary School students marvel at some of the giant pumpkins grown in their school garden (the first time Green Our Planet has used some of these seeds). Anyone can purchase school-garden grown fruits, veggies, herbs and crafts at the November 8th Student Farmers Market, which is open to the public. 

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Sponsor Spotlights

One of 17 Caesars Entertainment volunteers installing wire netting to protect budding sprouts in a garden bed at Walter Long ES. Thank you to the 17 volunteers from Caesars Entertainment who came out and helped the school garden for United Way of Southern Nevada Day of Caring!
CONGRATS TO BANK OF NEVADA FOR WINNING A NATIONAL AWARD!
(October 23, 2018) Jerrie Merritt and Chris Gaynor accept the Community Commitment Award for Financial Education from the American Bankers Association on behalf of Bank of Nevada. This is the first a Nevada financial institution to be honored with the prestigious award. Bank of Nevada worked with Green Our Planet to develop and bring financial literacy programming to 15 schools, impacting over 800 fifth-grade students. The curriculum was developed according to Nevada State Standards and includes banker-led classroom discussions. The skills acquired from the financial literacy lessons help students run their farmers markets. At the upcoming Giant Farmers Market on Thursday, November 8, more than 80 local bankers will assist fifth-graders from 42 CCSD  schools in running their garden-fresh businesses. Congratulations, Bank of Nevada! 
A Laura Dearing Elementary School teacher assists his fourth-grade class with installing their hydroponic farm wall. Switch, The Carver Foundation, The Jameson Foundation and Los Vaqueros Las Vegas all sponsor Green Our Planet's Hydroponic programming while the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Clark County sponsors Laura Dearing's Outdoor Garden Program. 
A second-grade student harvests a giant radish at Sheila Tarr Academy's school garden. The garden program is sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Clark County and by the Focus Group, providing students with opportunities for STEAM, health and nutrition lessons and, most importantly, smiles. 
A snapshot of a Garden Club meeting at Robert E. Lake Elementary School, where students learn STEAM lessons hands on by helping with planting, harvesting, maintenance and beautification of their garden! Robert E. Lake's school garden program is sponsored by Switch. 

60 Teachers Trained at STEAM 101 Training

Teachers learn to transplant seedlings at Green Our Planet's STEAM 101 Teacher Training. Our Hydroponics Program is sponsored by Los Vaqueros of Las Vegas, Switch, The Carver Family Foundation and The Jameson Foundation.
The 60 teachers who attended the STEAM 101 training on September 29 at Gene Ward ES learned basic gardening tips, practiced STEAM Curriculum* lessons and worked on projects they could use in their outdoor classrooms. 

Many teachers who have attended past STEAM 101 trainings agree that this is one of the funnest and most informative trainings they have ever been to for Pre-K through fifth-grade. According to attendee surveys, 90 percent of attendees report that they feel more confident teaching in their gardens and using garden curriculum lessons after the training.

For teachers who missed this training—don't worry! There will be another STEAM 101 Training offered on Saturday, January 12th. Sign up to unlock the full potential of your school garden. And act fast—spaces are limited!
 
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*Green Our Planet's K–5 and vocational curricula are aligned to Nevada State Academic Content Science Standards as well as to Next Generation Science Standards and are geared for use in outdoor classrooms.

Save the Date!

Goynes Elementary School teachers learn to transplant seedlings, mix nutrient solutions, care for plants through the growing cycle, and to teach hydroponic gardening in the classroom at a Green Our Planet Teacher Training. Switch, Los Vaqueros of Las Vegas, The Jameson Foundation and The Carver Family Foundation sponsor Green Our Planet's Hydroponics programming. 
Register for Events and Trainings
Saturday November 3, 8–4:30 pm
Hydroponics Teacher Training at Laura Dearing ES

Thursday November 8, 10–12 pm
Green Our Planet's Giant Student Farmers Market at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater (500 S. Grand Central Pkwy, downtown)

Saturday November 10, 9–12 pm
Gardening 101, Composting and Worms Workshop at Lummis ES

Saturday December 15
Green Our Planet's Second Great Garden Build!

Saturday January 12, 9–4:30 pm
STEAM 101 Teacher Training at Lowman ES


Saturday February 9, 9–4:30 pm
Hydroponics Teacher Training at Goolsby ES

Saturday March 30, 9–4:30 pm
STEAM 102 Teacher Training (location TBA)

 
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Gardening Tip from Farmer Rosalie

Pumpkins grown in Goynes Elementary School's garden,
sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Clark County.
Most of the 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins grown annually in the U.S. end up in a landfill, creating methane as they decompose and contribute to climate change (US Department of Energy, 2015). Don't be part of the problem! Pumpkins are a great addition to a compost pile. And if you don't have a compost pile, burying your old jack-o'-lantern is a great source of nutrients for your garden or trees. Find an out-of-the-way spot in your yard, dig a shallow hole and place your pumpkin inside. Next, collapse the pumpkin—kids have fun smashing it! Finally, cover the hole with leaves and let nature do its work. You may need to water it occasionally to encourage the microbes involved in decomposition. If watered enough, you might have a pumpkin vine next spring! —Farmer Rosalie

Starting on October 30 and ending on November 6, in coordination with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), Las Vegas Livestock will provide collection bins for old jack-o'-lanterns. Take yours to one of two locations, and throw them in the large, open-top boxes identified at that location—Eco-friendly and easy! Collection location details can be found at this link or via UNCE Master Gardener Helpline, 702-257-5555 (open 9 am–3 pm, Mon.–Fri.).
Click Here for Collection Location Details

Green Our Planet's Month in Photos

Green Our Planet Chef Program Coordinator Lisa Cheplak with Chefs from Chayo Mexican Kitchen. Chefs Gary and Luis showed students how to prepare delicious and nutritious watermelon agua fresca, honey glazed carrots and kale with ingredients from Richard Bryan Elementary School's garden. 
Green Our Planet's Co-CEO, Ciara Byrne (on the left) had the honor of meeting with former First Lady Michelle Obama when she was in Las Vegas for the When We All Vote rally at Chaparral High School.
Ferron Elementary students made a school garden memorial for the victims of the Route 91 shooting.
Click "View entire message" link below to see the rest of Green Our Planet's October 2018 photo gallery!
After showing 130 fourth-graders how to make Honey Salt restaurant's famous Biloxi Chicken Sliders with school garden-fresh ingredients, Chef Todd Harrington harvests butternut squash at Josh Stevens Elementary School. 
Many thanks to Gina Gavan and Project Dinner Table, who put on a fabulous feast at Cooperative Extension orchard. A total of $7,500 was raised by more than 200 dinner guests. Thank you to the four great chefs, to Glenn Nowak for the music, to Switch and Kristi Overgaard, to University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and to all of the volunteers!
A teacher's-eye view at a one-on-one teacher training at Bracken Elementary School. Bracken's school garden is sponsored by Caesars Entertainment and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Clark County.
Native American Glass Gem Corn ready to harvest at Richard Bryan Elementary School's garden, which is sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Clark County.

Students in the midst of learning in a Farmer Class at Goynes Elementary School, where students practiced hands-on learning in their school's orchard. Goynes' school garden program is sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

First-grade students write in their science notebooks during their weekly farmer class at Walter Long Elementary School. Green Our Planet's STEAM curriculum allows them to learn science hands on and outside. Walter Long's garden program is sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Clark County. 
Green Our Planet Farmer Danielle teaches a student how to properly prune and harvest basil at Foothills Montessori School's garden. Their program is sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Clark County.
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