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Student at The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University
"To Live a Life Intentionally; To Do a Deed Done Right; To Dream a Dream Worth Dreaming; To Give no Grievance Light"
I am a studious student studying sustainable subjects; A passionate person proud to propose preposterous possibilities; An analytical amateur accustom to accommodating accusations and acquiring amusing acquaintances; A relentless ranter, rarely reserved; A keen kid, kinetic, knowing kindness kids the knowledgeable. My name is Zach: Lets SPARK something new.
I am interested in various types of co-creation, social entrepreneurship, corporate sustainability, collaborative consumption, and consumer behavior.
I am a marketing major at Ohio State. I have defined marketing as "a mechanism for sustainable behavior change," and believe its tools have a role in creating a better world, not merely furthering hyper-consumption.
What about being intentional with the employment side of the urban farming and use it as a mechanism to employ and train the 'unemployable' in the city so they can gain skills and eventually graduate through the program and be employed in other areas? Essentially, you could qualify for an economic development grant, and use the process of training workers to grow, care for, market, and untimely manage the farm as a learning cycle which would then build their hirable skills. Selling the produce to local restaurants under a strong brand (possibly something like Harvesting Hope), with possible competitions for local chefs to showcase the produce grown and compete for the 'best harvesting hope dish'. Essentially the farm would be a mechanism for training and employing people who wouldn't have opportunities otherwise. It could also be financed through advanced food delivery orders (subscribers for produce of certain months).
Could you leverage the international demand for carbon offsets as a way to fund this initiative? My only fear is that relying on a government or organizational subsidy is not a financially sustainable modle to scale this.