Mount Rose School Garden
Out mission is to provide an outdoor garden space for teachers to incorporate into their science, writing and math curriculum as well as provide our diverse student population with the experience and knowledge of how to grow food. Creating a sustainable school garden will engage and educate students, teachers, parents and the community in the importance of fresh local food and ultimately teach them to take pride in themselves, their school and what they are eating.
Goals of Mount Rose’s garden:
Education: Having a school garden will provide the students with a hands on, outdoor, unique learning experience in their current subjects while learning about nutrition and food in tandem. We will also incorporate Mount Rose’s language academy goals by using English, Spanish, French and Chinese languages in the signage, and by planting foods to be used as tools to learn about these cultures.
Nutrition: We plan to supplement classes with snacks from the garden. Our students receive one fresh snack per week as a part of our school lunch program. We plan to add seasonal snacks from the garden to increase the amount of fresh produce the children eat and have access to. As food production increases in the garden, we also intend to provide fruits and vegetables to our families. Mount Rose currently has a 58% free and reduced lunch rate, and many families are in need of food.
Fund Raising: We plan to sell produce at the Reno Midtown farmer’s market and/or a small school farmer’s market to raise money for the ongoing needs of the garden and of the school.
Community Involvement: We hope to engage the community and enlist their help and support in the garden as well as provide produce at the local farmer's market and to our needy families.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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