Students can learn real-life business and math skills at Green Our Planet’s semi annual Giant Student Farmers Markets–the largest student-run farmers markets in the United States. Some 500-700 students from more than 50 schools commonly attend.
While growing their vegetables from seeds, students also learn how to run their own businesses and create a school-garden-based business plan. At the Giant Farmers Markets, they’re matched with bankers who coach them through customer service and negotiation as they sell their garden-grown fruits and vegetables to the community. Market day is a day that neither the public who buy, nor the students who sell, will ever forget.
The program’s mission is to increase student academic performance in STEM subjects as well as to conserve and protect the environment through project-based STEM education, which includes nutrition, financial literacy and conservation education in PreK-12 schools.