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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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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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I think this is a good idea about raising kids' awareness of the benefits of fresh food and it is also a good way to make kid commercial awareness. This idea provides a good way to understand the variety of fruits and vegetables. After all, many kids didn't recognise all the category.

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DeletedUser

Growing up, my parents always made sure that breakfast, lunch, and dinner was planned and cooked for me and my sisters. It was not until I graduated college did I have to cook for myself. With work and a busy life, I dont always have time to stop and think "ok where did this come from or where was it grown" Having these students run farmers market is great because it allows them to 1. be informed of where the produce were grown and 2. introduce them to a variety of fruits and vegetables that they may not otherwise be familiar with.

I love this idea and think it should be promoted in schools around the country. It also seems like a fun way to gather the community together and may also introduce the students of how the business of a farmers market is run.

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This is great idea. Student Run Farmers Market allows students to better participate in the process of grow vegetables anf fruits. So they can understand the importance of fresh foods, and more informations about that. It also improve students' awareness of the benefits of fresh food, therefore, they will choose fresh food in the future, it is good for their healthy.

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DeletedUser

This idea is interesting.
It would be even more if all students learnt how to grow vegetables, growing seasons,etc. Local farmers could perhaps sponsor a lesson per week for that school participating in the scheme and that would increase interaction between the school and producers, as well as teach seasonality. Children are used to finding any kind of vegetables in the supermarket all year round, but they don't realize how much flavor is missing from the real thing!

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DeletedUser

I love this concept! Yes, I agree with Matt - if some kids also got the opportunity to be producers that would be amazing. But learning how to source produce is also a valuable lesson (future business skills!) -- it ties in nicely with my concept, "Seed to Tray Education" where kids source and purchase and cook their own school lunches. If you added a farmers' market concept on that, they could actually develop a profit model too!

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Great concept. To build on it, what if some or all of the produce/food was grown/made at the school by the children?

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Photo of Diego Rodriguez

I really like this idea. It feels like something which could become a real movement, with active learning by participants and customers alike.

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DeletedUser

I was telling someone about this and we began discussing some other ideas: This partly builds on the CSA concept, but one of the activities that students can take on could be a subscription program. During parts of the year, as produce becomes available, students can assemble baskets and deliver produce to people's home or for pickup each week.

Perhaps this just happens a couple of times a year for a couple week period, but this gives the students some more flexibility in developing their market as well as it requires them learn more about what produce will be available when and how it can be packaged together.

Other school clubs could work with the Farmer's Market to use the subscription program as a fundraiser too.

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DeletedUser

Great idea!!!

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DeletedUser

Thanks again for all of the great comments and ideas. I added these to the project description in a summary format.

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DeletedUser

Great set of ideas building on this. Who wants to make it happen!!!

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DeletedUser

My concept ( http://openideo.com/open/how-might-we-give-children-the-knowledge-to-eat-better/concepting/introducing-the-no-bake-sale-a-farmer-s-market-fundaiser-run-by-the-whole-school/ )was similar to this, and includes hands on food production for students of all ages, from growing food in a school farm/garden, growing sprouts, making simple trail mixes with some local foods, and so on, as well as selling the food. And it can be scaled all the way down to a simple once in a while No-Bake Sale, that can be done in the school, as a way to encourage kids to buy healthy, very local! food for lunch. :-)

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DeletedUser

YES YES YES. Excellent.

What I would also suggest is a "pilot" system where younger kids are given the opportunity to spend some time around the farmers' market where their older, high school peers will be running the show. That way, they'll be able to get introduced to the better eating habits/entrepreneurship that the older kids are doing. These habits have to be ingrained early, and I'm afraid that high school might be too late.

I also highly agree with the interdisciplinary approach that Thao suggested below.

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DeletedUser

Great concept. HEAL in Half Moon Bay runs a farmers' market with 3rd and 4th graders. We did the same at Full Circle Farm (www.fullcirclesunnyvale.org) with at-risk youth ages 16-24. It was rewarding and life changing for many - 2 ended up employed after the program in agriculture!

Also, many schools are becoming CSA drop-off sites - a small portion of the share goes to the school, making it a school fundraiser as well. I've always thought it would be awesome if the CSA baskets could be from produce grown at the school - or sold directly at a farmstand - instant school fundraiser!

Liz

My concept: http://openideo.com/open/how-might-we-give-children-the-knowledge-to-eat-better/concepting/seed-to-tray-education-in-public-schools/

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DeletedUser

Thanks Meena. I think this idea could really be developed.

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Love how this concept includes encouragement of entrepreneurship.