Joseph Neal STEAM Academy offers an immense garden for students to
use in their study of agricultural engineering. Aligned with our educational
standards, it provides a unique learning experience through hands-on activities.
Students are tasked with selecting appropriate crops to be grown in local
conditions, sowing seeds and maintaining the plants during the growth cycle.
Students are then rewarded with a successful harvest of their selected crops.
This innovative approach to education is a great experience for all students as
the crops grow and mature just as each individual does.
All of our students utilize the garden from kindergarten through fifth grade.
We utilize a curriculum unique to each grade level. Students learn what a seed needs
to grow and flourish. They are completely immersed in the process from choosing seeds
that will grow in Las Vegas during the fall and spring, to caring for them and researching
the appropriate time to harvest. Students enjoy the fruits of their labor through
farmer's markets and sampling their vegetables. They take pride in their work and
learn how to grow their own food and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Our garden began from the support of Garden Farms and Green Our Planet. We started
with four beds and planted four trees. We received a grant from Lowes to expand our garden.
We were able to add eight additional beds, seal and decorate them, add a brick pathway, a
teaching center and four trees. We also pulled out the grass for the second phase of our garden.
Currently, we are growing our very own pumpkin patch! We would love to add additional beds in
a creative way, so more students can plant. We will also add a fence around the perimeter and a
second teaching area to incorporate more students.
We were able to purchase a laser engraver to continue to fund our garden through the sale of
personalized bricks. They are on sale throughout the year for $20 each. These funds are used in
the garden to continue to expand and improve it. Check out our garden pathway for family and
Thank you to Lowe's #1863 for the grant to make our garden possible and
a very special thank you to all our
wonderful volunteers who give their time to help it grow.