Garden Farms’ own Farmer Enrique has kids at Woolley Elementary screaming for broccoli.


Enrique Garcia has kids at Woolley Elementary screaming for broccoli.

The farmer with Garden Farms of Nevada visits the Las Vegas school once a week, tending to its five garden beds and offering students lessons on healthy food choices.

“I can get them to try everything,” Garcia said. “I have kids all over the valley eating radishes and tomatoes like they’re apples.”

Now the vegetable gardening effort will grow in more ways than one. Woolley Elementary is among 28 Clark County School District schools that received a total of $230,000 in gardening grants this year under a program approved by the Legislature in 2017. Award amounts varied from roughly $3,900 to $9,900 per school, according to the district.

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Vanessa Portillo