Connaught Public School has started a business called ‘Greenalicious’ selling gourmet greens in 50 gram bags for $4, a sum the students figured out over business brainstorming sessions with their sponsor, Jennifer Heagle of Red Apron. Ms Richardson’s Grade 4/5 class at Connaught grows herbs for their business partner Wentsi Yeung, owner of Culture Kombucha. Fisher Park/Summit school, with help from Thyme & Again, grows mostly basil. They’ve been taught how to make (and cost out) pesto, which they jar, label and sell back to Thyme & Again. Cambridge Public School, supported by Seed to Sausage, grows kale in their tower.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was clearly so inspired (or frightened of Karen Secord?) he committed to buying five towers for City Hall. One hundred and forty-five to go.
You can learn more about the initiative, its business model and founding partners here.