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Student Run Farmers Market

Create a student run farmer's market within high schools. This can be organized as part of a economics club or perhaps a completely separate club. The idea is that a set of students (led by a teacher/sponsor) will be responsible for creating a farmer's market (on school property during the school week and potentially off school property on weekends). Students will be responsible for: - Sourcing produce from local farmers - Learning about each product they sell - Selling fresh produce at their schools "Farmer's Market"

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Create a student run farmer's market within high schools. This can be organized as part of a economics club or perhaps a completely separate club. The idea is that a set of students (led by a teacher/sponsor) will be responsible for creating a farmer's market (on school property during the school week and potentially off school property on weekends). Students will be responsible for:


Students will be responsible for:


- Sourcing produce from local farmers
- Learning about each product they sell
- Selling fresh produce at their schools "Farmer's Market"


By creating this program within schools, students will learn about local produce and also share that experience with the student body. Produce can be priced in order to have the market break even, which will ideally allow students to get fresh produce into students hands cheaply, and in the school cafeteria.


A side benefit of the idea, is that students involved will also learn about running a business. How to create sourcing relationships, where & when to open the market, marketing, etc.


Like many ideas, it needs some more development, but would only involve a small start-up cost (stand, teacher overtime, initial investment for produce, etc) and some dedicated help from teachers/parents. This idea could conceivably have a national presence to help each local school get started.


It would be interesting to create a network across the US so that each Farmer's Market could interact with each other for ideas exchange, host some friendly competitions, etc. This could be easily accomplished through a typical social networking platform.


Summary of Ideas from Comments below (added on 9/20/20):


- Incorporate students younger than high school to help with the Farmer's Market. This will expose students earlier and potentially build a pipeline of interest as new students enter high school.


- Encourage participation from other student groups - finance, food club, computer club, etc. This will help the students get access to different skill sets and assist in making the Farmer's Market successful. This will also extend the reach of the idea.


- Explore interaction with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups. In essence, schools could become a member of these groups and source produce when available. As a member of a CSA, students will also have a closer connection to the farms they get produce from. Here is a link to more information about CSA: http://www.localharvest.org/csa

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  • High school (Teens) 14 -18
  • Young adults 18-21

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  • Expense and Convenience
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  • Lack of Knowledge

Evaluation results

9 evaluations so far

1. Food Knowledge - To what extent is this concept teaching people about food knowledge?

It's teaching people a great deal about food knowledge - 44.4%

It's teaching people a moderate deal about food knowledge - 22.2%

It's teaching people a little about food knowledge - 33.3%

It's not focused on food knowledge - 0%

2. Cooking - Is this concept focused on getting people to cook?

It's all about getting people to cook - 11.1%

It's moderately about getting people to cook - 22.2%

It's getting people to cook a little - 11.1%

It's not focused on cooking at all - 55.6%

3. Originality - How original is this idea?

This idea is extremely original - 33.3%

This idea is somewhat original - 11.1%

This idea has some originality about it - 55.6%

I have seen this idea before - 0%

4. Scalability - How scalable is this idea across communities and geographies?

This idea can be scaled across many communities and places - 55.6%

This idea can be scaled but needs some work - 0%

This idea will take a fair bit of work to scale - 44.4%

This idea cannot scale at all - 0%

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Mark, I think this is a great idea!!! It's amazing how kids are very influenced by the older kids in their lives.

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