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Urban Roots, Renown Open Teaching Farm

At a ceremony on Aug. 1, Renown Health and Urban Roots formally opened their Urban Teaching Farm. It is located at 1700 E. Second St., a few blocks away from Renown Regional Medical Center.

The event included tours, farm-fresh snacks for attendees and activities geared toward the budding scientists at the event. Photos from the opening ceremony and Renown employees volunteering their time on the farm can be found on Renown’s Flickr page.

The development of the Urban Teaching Farm started in 2015 when Urban Roots and Renown teamed up to create a community resource dedicated to healthy eating and academic achievement.  This is the first-of-its-kind partnership in this region.

The farm includes several fruit trees and pollinator gardens, used to educate and encourage healthy habits for kids and the community as a whole.

Urban Roots runs another teaching farm in west Reno where it hosts trainings for K-12 teachers and day camps for youth. Renown will invest annually in Urban Roots to help maintain and support the farm and the eight AmeriCorps volunteers who will oversee the site.