At our farm-stand in Paradise and occasionally farmers markets, Farmer Frog sells fresh produce that our team grows together with students at the school gardens and our farm sites. Each week during the market season, we work with the children and youth to harvest the food and then we take it to market.
Our booth is filled with fun and activities. Some children cashier, while others, who can identify many vegetable varieties, talk with customers about the produce and how to prepare and cook the crops.
The money we generate at the markets goes back to the schools from which we harvest in the form of seeds, starts, and garden supplies. This allows the school gardens to generate some of their own funding and teaches children about setting financial goals and working to manifest them. The skills that students acquire by participating are relevant to the marketing and entrepreneurship activities of DECA as well as the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).