Green Our planet’s Farmpreneur Program
What is Green Our Planet’s Farmpreneur Program?
Green Our Planet spearheaded the first student farmers market in Nevada in the fall of 2013. Since then, Green Our Planet has helped schools organize hundreds of farmers markets at schools run by student “Farm-preneurs.” In our Farmpreneur Program, 5th grade students using Green Our Planet’s STEM curriculum study lessons on how to create a business, how to analyze profits and losses, how to advertise, set prices, understand who their customers are, etc. In 2017, more than 160 student farmers markets were held at Green Our Planet schools throughout Las Vegas. The markets are often set up on school parking lots during pick-up or drop-off times. These markets are also sometimes held at school events such as health fairs, festivals, back to school nights, or whenever produce is ready to be harvested and sold. Twice a year, more than 400 students students from over 40 CCSD schools participate in Green Our Planet’s Giant Student Farmers Market, held at different locations in the city.
What is the Mission of Green Our Planet’s Farmpreneur Program?
The mission of Green Our Planet’s Farmpreneur Program is to engage students in entrepreneurship and fine tune their leadership, financial literacy, and business skills by putting them in charge of their very own garden-based business. Bank of Nevada is working closely with Green Our Planet to engage bankers from across the city to teach students financial literacy classes leading up to the Giant Student Farmers Markets.
What are the Goals of Green Our Planet’s Farmpreneur Program?
- To teach students how to create and run a business based on their school garden
- To engage the local community in the school garden program.
- To provide fresh, school garden-grown produce in food deserts.
- To help schools raise funds (through sales) for their school garden programs.
- To teach financial literacy lessons to select schools participating in the bi-annual Giant Student-Run Farmers Market with the help of local volunteer bankers.