Glassboro’s "Seeds to Success"
Farmstand Provides Student Training
by Heather Simmons, Gloucester County Freeholder
The Glassboro Seeds to Success Youth Farmstand launches its sixth season on Tuesday, July 10 at Glassboro High School (560 Joseph Bowe Blvd, Glassboro). A grand opening celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at 12:00 p.m.
During the first week the stand will operate Tuesday, July 10, Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The rest of the summer, the stand will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., closing for the season on August 9.
The stand provides affordable produce and accepts SNAP and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers. It will also help support local agriculture by selling only locally grown, “Jersey Fresh” fruits and vegetables.
The Borough of Glassboro is partnering with Glassboro Schools and Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s “Seeds to Success” program to lead a group of Glassboro High School students in running the farmstand. Up to four students will operate the stand at all times with a Glassboro High School teacher serving as the manager.
Those interested in purchasing produce from the farmstand for business purposes should contact Barbara Jones at email@example.com or 609-707-3055 or the Glassboro Economic Development Office at 856-881-0500.
“We are grateful for the help and support from the Borough. The Economic Development office helped to secure this year’s funding for the stand through a grant from the council for Economic Education,” said Glassboro Schools Superintendent Mark Silverstein.
“When we can involve kids in a program as educationally based as this one, we are truly helping to create a better future for everyone. In Glassboro, we are so proud to work with local county-based extension programs like Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Seeds to Success program to offer a great service to our students and our residents," said Glassboro Council President Tony Fiola.
“Seeds to Success” provides students with real-life experience in the operations of a retail entrepreneurial enterprise. Students are recruited for the program after completing a job application and interview process. Once selected, the students begin regular training on the operation of their farmstand. Throughout the year, the program provides learning opportunities in the local school district on subjects such as health and nutrition and financial management.
For more information contact Glassboro Economic Development:
Contact: Randi Woerner
Cell Phone: (609) 440-9464