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In the age of supermarkets, gardening is often viewed as a luxury rather than a necessity. We forget that backyard plots are actually a simple way to grow fruits and vegetables and supplement the food we buy.
Nearly 16 percent of Clark County residents are food insecure, and 64 percent of students in the Clark County School District receive free or reduced lunches.
To combat this, documentary filmmakers and philanthropists Ciara Byrne and Kim MacQuarrie started Green Our Planet, a crowd-funding website that has helped more than 85 local schools build gardens.
In addition to feeding children, the school gardens promote STEM education and teach students a useful life skill. Gardening has even been shown to improve test scores.
Ciara Byrne, co-founder, Green Our Planet; Kim MacQuarrie, co-founder, Green Our Planet; Juliana Urtubey, special education teacher, Crestwood Elementary School
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