From Seed to Plate

Somerset Academy farmer's market

LAS VEGAS - An outdoor learning program at Somerset Academy is teaching students how to grow their own food, with kids getting their hands dirty as they harvest for our community with four farmers' markets a year.

2,000 students are impacted by this program, with all levels from K-thru-12 involved. When we were there, younger students learned the life cycle of a caterpillar, while teens already seeing the big picture.

Robert Stoe, an 8th grader, said "being in the Garden Club is to be a part of the growing process, and to be a part of the community in a very positive way." Urban Seed Foundation funded the garden, and Garden Farms installed and maintains the garden  - both companies focus on teaching kids how to grow good food.

The garden is beautiful! Grape, orange, apple and jujube trees grow nearby....and in the garden....squash, basil, peas, lettuce, and cilantro.....among others.

Farmers do workshops with the students. We saw farmers harvesting lettuce for the base of a salad, cooking demonstrations then use the food students are growing, and Farmers' Markets at the school provide a forum to bring this fresh produce to our community.

On Saturday, October 21st they hosted a Farmers' Market taking it full circle, from gardening, to harvesting, to now selling the fruits of their labor.

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