Green Our Planet, a 501(c)3 nonprofit aims to empower students through the joy of STEM learning in school gardens, announces all Title I Schools in Nevada will be eligible to receive HydroConnect, a hydroponics gardening program, thanks to a recent grant from the Engelstad Foundation.
Hydroponics systems allow students to grow plants in a nutrient-rich solution instead of soil, which uses 80% less water than traditional outdoor gardens. Hydroponics systems are climate-controlled and can be kept indoors, making food production and education possible any time of the year in any weather condition. Green Our Planet is the first organization in the country to offer this opportunity to all Title I schools within the state of Nevada.
In addition, the first 25 private, charter or non-Title I schools to apply will also be eligible to receive the program for $2,000, originally priced at $10,000, all made possible by Senate Bill 341. Schools that are interested in receiving HydroConnect must apply by Tuesday, November 7, 2023.
Schools that apply will receive their hydroponic systems and begin training in January 2024. Schools who receive the hydroponics systems will also be eligible to participate in the Giant Student Farmers Markets in spring of 2024. The HydroConnect program application can be found here.
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