SPARKS, Nev. - March 27, 2019
and others interested in learning more about school gardens are encouraged to
attend the Nevada School Garden
Conference on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The conference, which is
hosted by the Nevada
Department of Agriculture (NDA), offers practical information about
gardening with children and provides engaging lesson plans and easy to
implement activities that integrate gardening themes into core curriculum.
“The benefits of school gardens are both mental and physical,”
Amber Smyer, agriculture literacy coordinator for the NDA, said. “Children who engage
in school garden programs, whether large outdoor raised beds or small indoor
hydroponic systems, learn about nutrition, responsibility and how food is
grown. The application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
principles in hands-on learning experiences fosters knowledge and skill
According to USDA,
incorporating gardening into schools improves children’s health, encourages
them to choose fruits and vegetables, offers accessibility to fresher and
higher-quality foods and provides children with experiential learning opportunities.
The full day of learning will take place at Mountain
View Montessori School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $20 to attend. 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 and Moana Nursery.
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.