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Senior Farmer Shares Summer Horticulture Tips

What happens in school gardens when school is out? Green Our Planet Farmers continue over the summer to maintain them!  

Horticulturalist and Senior Farmer Rosalie is originally from South Florida and grew up with a citrus orchard in her backyard, which planted the seed for her lifelong passion for gardening. When Rosalie and her husband moved to Las Vegas in 2015, they were looking for a big backyard to continue their habits. After a year of transforming their property and adjusting to the challenges of gardening in the desert, Rosalie now maintains her own urban farm. Ever since she fell in love with that Florida grove, she has been accumulating information about how to grow food, keep plants alive and has spread her expertise in the outdoor classrooms she teaches all over the Las Vegas Valley.

What programming do you facilitate during summer?
Several of my schools have summer programs. Hollingsworth Elementary (pictured) love their garden. The kids are very involved and always have questions about what they see when I am not there.

Why do school-age students need this program?

Keeping kids engaged through the summer will keep them interested in gardening. Too often kids spend their summers indoors, especially here in Las Vegas. The gardens are lovely in the mornings!

What impact does gardening have on the students?

There is really nothing better than seeing kids’ minds get blown by where food comes from. Whether pulling carrots out of the ground or learning that heads of broccoli are really bouquets of flowers, it renews their connection to nature!

Brooke Cashin

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