The AMA gardening club, formally known as KIBI Club, renamed by our current members as “Veggie Kids” (who are the operators of the newly dubbed “Eagle Farm”) is in its third year of operation. It has grown into a entrepreneurial venture through which students specialize in a particular skill/trade: Production, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Management. Tuesday, October 9 marks the official first date of sales for the Veggie Kids of Eagle Farm.
The program consists of four seasons of educational/entrepreneurial venture:
Jan-Feb…Construction: Students add to the overall infrastructure of Eagle Farm through the construction of additional raised beds and the maintenance of existing beds.
Mar-May…Spring Garden: Students plant, maintain, and sell spring crops such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce.
June-Aug…Summer Garden: Students plant, maintain, and sell summer crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and okra.
Sept-Dec…Fall Garden: Students plant, maintain, and sell fall crops such as turnips, arugula, and kale.
In the future, the potential implications of the Veggie Kids program is limited only by the creativity and willingness of the students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members associated with AMA. As a fundamental introduction to the inner-workings of business, it is unmatched. As a practically-applicable means of teaching multitudes of science disciplines during the general school day, it is unmatched. As a means of providing our students with the freshest, healthiest, tastiest food possible for their school meals (assuming federal regulations flex), it is unmatched. As a medium for community/school interaction, it is unmatched. As a promoter of wisdom with regards to experience and insight in our youth, it is unmatched.
This program, which without the generous support of various community members and organizations would not exist, will in the very near future become a financially self-sustaining operation. The revenue generated through the sale of student-raised produce will be more than sufficient to cover all of the overhead associated with the “farm.” Beyond being an incredible opportunity for AMA and its supporting community, this educational structure has the potential for replicability, not only city-wide, but nationally and internationally. During a time when both curricular and financial sustainability of educational enterprises are highly sought-after components of the shared vision of a successful posterity, we hold in our hands one of the keys to that success.