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GrowNextGen industry leader

G. Keymah Durden

Co-founder, Rid-All Green Partnership

I am responsible for administrative and training activities at Rid-All. I’m also actively involved in farming and composting.

What is the benefit of collaboration between industry and education?

The collaboration between industry and education is critically important. Education does not end at graduation from formal education; it’s just the beginning. Industry affords students an opportunity to put what they have learned in the academic setting to practical use. It also affords them a hands-on experience and will allow them to bring their fresh ideas and creativity to industry. This becomes a win-win both for the student and greater community at large.

What value/assistance can you and your company provide to teachers and classrooms as they connect with you?

Our farm offers a very unique educational experience. Visitors can experience urban farming activities including composting, fish farming, worm composting, hoop house construction, alternative energy systems, cooking classes and water management. Additionally, we have a full-scale Native American tee-pee and a full-scale tree house. Our educational and training activities are suited to pre-schoolers, seniors citizens and all ages in between. Activities can include, but are not limited to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum and arts and entertainment. Visitors can experience hands-on activities in all of the above-mentioned activities.

Why should teachers connect with you through GrowNextGen?

Teachers can have the experience of exposing students to a farm experience in a urban area. It also help to get the healthy diet and lifestyle message across to students in a practical manner.

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