The number of Nevada children cultivating green thumbs at school could grow under a proposed grant program.
Sen. Patricia Farley, I-Las Vegas, introduced Senate Bill 167 during a Senate education committee meeting on Tuesday. Title I schools — which serve some of the highest poverty students — interested in creating or maintaining gardens could apply for a grant from the Department of Education.
In the first year, schools could apply for up to $10,000 to establish the program. In the second year, schools could apply for up to $5,000.
Farley is proposing $615,000 to fund the program. Under the grant provisions, schools would need to have the ability to operate a farmer’s market to sell the produce and to bring in a local chef to demonstrate how to cook a meal with the garden’s produce.
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