(SPARKS, Nev.) - April 02, 2018
Educators, parents and others interested in learning more about school gardens are encouraged to attend the 2018 Nevada School Garden Conference on April 14, 2018. The conference, which is hosted by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA), will feature speakers from around the state covering topics including garden planning and building, curriculum integration, using produce in school meals and more.
“Children benefit from school gardens both mentally and physically,” Amber Smyer, agriculture literacy coordinator for the NDA, said. “School gardens allow children to put their hands in the soil, take responsibility for their plants, and learn by doing.”
Children who garden at school report more positive feelings towards learning and score higher on scientific achievement tests. Children who garden also show more interest in eating fruits and vegetables, and tend to continue healthy eating habits into adulthood.
The full day of learning will take place at Mountain View Montessori School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit agri.nv.gov/school_garden_conference to register for the conference, view the agenda and learn more. This year’s conference is sponsored by Mountain View Montessori, Moana Nursery and Garden Farms Foundation.
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and health and human safety through effective service and education. The NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.