Green Our Planet's Student-Run Farmers Market Produces Hands-On Business Experience For Students From 29 Clark County Schools
The nation's largest student-run farmers market sells more than $6,500 worth of fruit and veggies grown from school gardens
Las Vegas, NV (Nov. 17, 2017) –Yesterday, Green Our Planet, in partnership with Switch, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Zappos.com and Bank of Nevada, created the largest student-run farmers market in the nation at Zappos Campus in downtown Las Vegas, selling more than $6,500 in produce and crafts.
Over 220 students from 29 Clark County elementary, middle and high school students participated in the event. The day started at each school where the students hand-picked their produce for sale. Upon arrival to Zappos Campus, the schools set up their booths before receiving business lessons from Bank of Nevada and Zappos.
When asked “what was your favorite part of today?” students provided the following answers:
· “My favorite part of today is selling all of the things and making money. We want to make money to come back next spring and do the same thing,” said Dorshell from Robert E. Lake Elementary School.
· “My favorite part of today is selling our vegetables. The figs sold out in 15 minutes!” said Ulises Huerta, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy.
· “My favorite part of today is selling the gourds, watermelon, pot holders and swiss chard. [My favorite part of selling to customers is] the change because I get to count it in my mind,” said Ernesto from Halle Heweston Elementary School.
· “My favorite part of today was seeing all of the other schools’ crafts because it gave us a lot of ideas for next year. If we made enough money today we would probably have a garden by next year, so we would sell more produce,” said Lily from Billy & Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School.
The Outdoor Garden Classroom Program, founded by Green Our Planet in 2013, is a comprehensive learning experience for PreK-12 schools focusing on STEAM, nutrition, financial literacy and conservation education.
Ciara Byrne, co-founder of Green Our Planet, says the farmers market is the ultimate event of the Outdoor Garden Classroom Program.
“Our outdoor gardens give students a hands-on learning opportunity. Outside in the school garden students learn science, engineering math, environmental conservation and even get to harvest and cook the food from their gardens with local chefs. The 5th grade curriculum focuses on teaching students how to run their garden as a business and students hold farmers markets at their schools throughout the school year. The markets round out their experience by giving them real-life business experience. They get to interact with their customers face-to-face,” said Byrne.
Green Our Planet organized the first student-run farmers market in Las Vegas at John S. Park Elementary School in 2013. Since then over 100 schools have run over 370 farmers’ markets throughout CCSD schools.
Now a bi-annual event, a spring student-run farmers market date will be announced in the first quarter of 2018.
About Green Our Planet
Green Our Planet is a nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to use outdoor garden classrooms as a powerful teaching tool to increase student test scores in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), student nutrition and increase community engagement so that schools and local communities become more sustainable. Founded in 2013, Green Our Planet has helped fund and build 120 outdoor garden classrooms in the Clark County School District, thus creating the largest school garden program in the United States. Green Our Planet currently works with more than 3,000 teachers and impacts more than 75,000 students. Learn more at: www.greenourplanet.org
POWERING THE FUTURE OF THE CONNECTED WORLD™
Founded in 2000, this technology infrastructure ecosystem company, headquartered in Las Vegas, is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 350 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solution ecosystems. Visit switch.com for more information.
About University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach unit of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. We design and deliver community programs to residents of Clark County with other agencies and volunteers. We learn about the needs of our county and develop programs to meet them. We offer education, training and instruction in Health & Nutrition; Children, Youth & Families; and Water, Horticulture, Economics & Environment.
An EEO/AA Institution. www.unce.unr.edu/counties/clark
About Bank of Nevada
With more than $18 billion in assets, Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) is one of the country’s top-performing banking companies and is ranked #4 on the Forbes 2017 “Best Banks in America” list. Its primary subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, is the go-to bank for business and succeeds with local teams of experienced bankers who deliver superior service and a full spectrum of deposit, lending, treasury management, international banking and online banking products and services. Western Alliance Bank operates full-service banking divisions: Alliance Bank of Arizona, Bank of Nevada, Bridge Bank, First Independent Bank and Torrey Pines Bank. The bank also serves business customers through a robust national platform of specialized financial services including Corporate Finance, Equity Fund Resources, Hotel Franchise Finance, Life Sciences Group, Mortgage Warehouse Lending, Public and Nonprofit Finance, Renewable Resource Group, Resort Finance, Technology Finance and Alliance Association Bank.
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