At Green Our Planet we are helping build a movement to create Joy and Justice in education by empowering teachers, students and families to grow food and connect to the magic and majesty of the Universe. A core goal of the movement is to positively impact the health, wellness and futures of students, communities and the planet as a whole.
We do this in a holistic way by providing schools two turnkey programs: GardenConnect is our outdoor garden program and HydroConnect is our indoor hydroponics program. Teachers receive everything they need to implement these programs at their schools - gardens, hydroponics systems, K-12 STEM, Nutrition and Conservation curricula to Next Gen Science Standards, training, coaching from the Green Our Planet staff, etc.
Our vision is that students’ nutrition and wellness will be impacted in a more positive way the more times students connect with the gardens or hydroponics systems. So, while we train teachers to use the gardens to teach students about nutrition and wellness, we believe that students should see the gardens as more than that.
We want students to use the gardens to learn STEM, conservation and how to turn their garden into a business through the Farmpreneur program. 5th grade, middle and high school students run farmers markets at their schools as well as at Giant Student Farmers Markets. This holistic approach continually reminds students about where their food comes from and that they can learn STEM skills to help them get a good job after school as well as create successful businesses selling healthy food. Therefore, in combination, all of these efforts will advance student’s nutrition and wellness. It’s simple. When we plant a seed, we ignite growth and spark curiosity. Whether it’s a seed of knowledge or hope or a real seed in the ground, we are changing the future of our students, our communities and our world.