Green Our Planet, creator of the nation’s largest school garden program, is partnering with Tom Warden of the Howard Hughes Corporation and Downtown Summerlin to host the Giant Student Farmers Market on Friday, April 12 from 10am to 12pm. More than 500 elementary, middle and high school students will sell their school garden-grown produce and handmade crafts to the public.
“We are thrilled to host the Giant Student Farmers Market in Downtown Summerlin,” said Tom Warden, Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The Howard Hughes Corporation has long supported school gardens as an excellent outdoor learning opportunity… reinforcing sustainability, math, science, business, nutrition and more. As these gardens grow… so do the students tending them!”
Co-CEO of Green Our Planet, Ciara Byrne, noted that the farmers market brings a spirit of unity to Las Vegas. “The Green Our Planet Giant Student Farmers Market is a celebration of the entire community coming together to make a positive impact on student education,” she said. “This market is hosted by Howard Hughes in partnership with Green Our Planet and the Clark County School District. One of the fun things is that the students receive financial literacy lessons, which are taught and sponsored by local banks while the garden program is sponsored by businesses such as Switch, Cooperative Extension Clark County and Wynn Resorts.”
Kerri Burks, teacher at Foothills Montessori School, appreciates the opportunity the farmers market gives her students. “Each spring and fall, our students look forward to sharing fresh crops and creating innovative products to present at student-run farmer’s markets,” she said. “Our hearts are full when our hands are dirty!”
Green Our Planet pioneered the Las Vegas school garden movement and organized the first student-run farmers market in Las Vegas in 2013. Since then, the program has taken off, and student “farmprenuers” around the valley hold their own farmers markets. During the last school year, more than 60 schools organized over 250 farmers’ markets throughout Clark County.
“Green Our Planet provides schools the opportunity to have gardens and STEM learning in an exciting way for Clark County School District students,” said CCSD Community Engagement Executive Director Joe Caruso. “It also allows our students to learn about nutrition, finances and business skills in preparation for the real world during the farmers market experience.”