Offering practical information about gardening with children as well as providing engaging lesson plans and easy to implement activities, the Nevada School Garden Conference, on April 13, 2019, teaches the community the relevance and importance of school gardens. 

“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 development.” 

According to the USDA, incorporating gardening into schools improves children's health, encourages them to choose fruits and vegetables to eat and offers accessibility to high-quality and naturally grown foods. 

The day includes classes that teach hands on learning in gardens as well as lecture style classes to teach of the importance and implementation of this sort of curriculum in schools.

The day lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mountain View Montessori School.

For more information visit the Nevada Department of Agriculture website.