Innevator Spotlight on Jessica Melendez of Green Our Planet

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Jessica Melendez
Garden Build, Accounts & Office Coordinator

Q&A

What does your company do?
Green Our Planet runs the largest school garden program in the United States. We offer a unique educational model to help individuals and organizations reach their mission goals through education on STEAM, nutrition and conservation education in K-12 schools.

What is your role?
My role is to visit new school prospects as well as facilitate the garden build processes from start to finish. I also on-board new employees and handle all financial and office matters for Green Our Planet.

Where did you grow up and attend school?
I am a Las Vegas native. I attended Silverado High School and UNLV.

What brought you to The Innevation Center?
I was interested in getting more involved in the Las Vegas community and found a volunteer opportunity for Green Our Planet, based out of The Innevation Center. It ended up being a perfect match!

How has technology changed your business?
Technology is a major part of our business. Though we can build gardens with our hands and simple tools, the planning and execution of farmers markets, chef demos, and composting relies on technology. We also rely on technology for our Teacher Trainings and Conference. This is where teachers, administrators and parents can learn about the gardens through digital presentations and recording of best practices. Finally, technology has a major influence over food productions through urban farming.  That being said, we teach technology-based urban farming through hydroponics at our schools.

What is your favorite local spot?
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Phone call or text message?
Text Message

Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook

Who would you most like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
Frida Kahlo

If you could time travel, would you go forward or backward?
Forward

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail. Both are equally important.

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