‘Farm To School’ Selected As Leadership Douglas County Class Of 2018’s Community Project

Courtesy of Leadership Douglas County

Leadership Douglas County
Members of the Leadership Douglas County Class of 2018 recently met at Gardnerville Elementary School to remove sod in order to make room for raised beds as part of the Farm To School initiative.

Following suit with a nationwide initiative to connect students to healthy, locally sourced foods, Leadership Douglas County’s Class of 2018 has selected “Farm To School” as the theme for its community project.

The Class of 2018’s goal is to build the foundation for a comprehensive farm-to-school program at Gardnerville Elementary School (GES) and to create a model program that can be implemented in other Douglas County schools in the future.

Farm to School is a nationwide network that provides educational opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons, and farm field trips.

Farm to School is implemented in three phases:
1) School Garden – Building the infrastructure for a school learning garden.
2) Education – Educating students on horticulture and nutrition. This phase includes engaging the local agricultural community.
3) Procurement – Including fruits and vegetables produced in school and community gardens into school nutrition programs.

LDC Class of 2018 will build raised beds and a shed for gardening supplies at Gardnerville Elementary and acquire supplies to support the first year of farm to
school. LDC will aid in promoting the program and assisting the school in writing Farm to school learning grants. Members of the team met recently to remove existing sod at the school to make way for the raised beds.

Leadership Douglas County is a longstanding community educational program provided by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to create community leaders from all walks of life by focusing on our community’s leadership needs, history, values, members, strengths, and issues.

The 2017 LDC class includes: Katie Allin – Sierra Lutheran High School; Sheela Bilderback – Baker Hughes, a GE owned company; Tim Davis – Senior Building Inspector, Douglas County; JD Frisby – Town of Minden; James Gocke –Carson Valley Medical Center; Joan Neuffer – D’terra Law, LLC/GreenACTnv; Merrilyn Noble – Retired Nurse; Larry Offenstein – Kiwanis/Topaz Ranch Estates GID; Bryan Oland – Carson Valley Accounting; Dean Paris – Retired United States Marine Corps; Taylor Radtke – Partnership Douglas County; Norma Ruelas – Family Support Council; Sarah Sanchez – Carson Valley Community Food Closet; Nadia Shahin – Eastside Memorial Park; and Kim Smallwood – Visit Carson Valley

As part of their commitment to the community, each Leadership Douglas County class is tasked with designing and implementing a community project.

Members of the community can participate in the LDC Farm to School project by being an advocate and/or by supporting with LDC with donations of soil, children’s gardening gloves and other items. Contact LDC 2018 at DouglasFarm2School@gmail.com or reach out to a member directly for more information.

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