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Green Our Planet Hosts Fifth Annual School Garden Conference

Nevada’s largest School Garden Conference provides educators and the public the opportunity to learn about the exploding school garden movement in Nevada and the nation.

Green Our Planet’s Fifth Annual School Garden Conference brings educators and the community together for a day of school hydroponics and school gardens. The conference will take place on April 27, 2019 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Rob Roy’s Innevation Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

Rick Sherman, Oregon State Farm-to-School Coordinator, speaking at Green Our Planet’s third school garden conference.

“The School Garden Conference is a great opportunity for teachers from across Nevada, as well as neighboring states, to share best practices on outdoor garden and hydroponic programs at their schools,” says Ciara Byrne, co-CEO of Green Our Planet. “Principals will give talks on how their schools integrate garden STEAM into the school day, and inspiring speakers from across North America will discuss the school garden movement exploding across America.”

Teachers, PTA members, administrators, education professionals and Master Gardeners will all find something of interest at the conference. Keynote speakers Wayne Roberts, food policy analyst, and Rick Sherman, Oregon State Farm to School/School Garden Coordinator, promise to inspire attendees with the power of school gardens. Teachers and principals from schools around Las Vegas will offer up knowledge through presentations on fundraising, farmers markets, garden clubs and more. Attendees also have the opportunity to connect and share with individuals who all share a passion for school gardens during a networking lunch and closing reception.

The conference’s opening keynote speaker, Wayne Roberts, is one of these individuals passionate about school gardens. Roberts is a Toronto-based food policy analyst and writer. For a decade, he managed the Toronto Food Policy Council, one of the leading and most innovative food policy councils on the globe. He has served on the boards of several North American nonprofits for public health, nutrition and food security and has written three books on related topics. “We are just beginning to understand a few of the lessons teachers can teach in a classroom filled with plants,” says Roberts. “I’m looking forward to meeting the skilled teachers who see school gardens as an exciting opportunity for the curriculum of tomorrow.”

More than 50 speakers will arm attendees with the knowledge, inspiration and resources they need to develop a school garden program at their schools. As an added benefit, teachers can earn up to 2 CUs for spending the day learning about school gardens.

Tickets are $30 and include breakfast, lunch and a reception. Register for Green Our Planet’s Fifth Annual School Garden Conference by following this link:

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