Hundreds of Las Vegas students host nation’s largest student-run farmers market
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
On Friday morning, more than 400-students from at least 40 schools across the Las Vegas area came together for the nation’s largest student-run farmers market.
The organization “Green Our Planet” hosted the farmers market and their organization has helped build more than 150 gardens in the Las Vegas area.
"You give students the seeds to plant, and then they tend to the vegetable they take ownership of them and they take pride in them. And it doesn't matter if they grow okra, carrots or broccoli, because they’ve grown them, they eat them," said Ciara Byrne who is the Co-CEO for Green Our Planet.
All of the schools in attendance have their own individual school gardens. Those students brought along the vegetables that they grew over the past few months to sell to the public.
During the event, some big named athletes came out to show their support, like former UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin and NFL Saints Quarterback Drew Brees.
"That's something that I'm really passionate about is what kids put in their body," Griffin said, "Not only are these kids improving their diets and getting more nutritious foods, they're also learning great life lessons in the process and they're also learning lessons about a business,"
All of the proceeds raised from Friday’s farmers market will go back to the schools to help grow and maintain their gardens.