SnoCo’s Future Growers & Makers
Student Led Market, Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish
Supporting the future of local growers, and makers is an essential part of Live the SnoCo Life’s mission, so I was beyond excited when Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish reached out to me about a annual project and upcoming event they host that does just that.
Both are hosted by the school’s Career & Technical Education and Agricultural Services departments and are intended to teach the students about becoming entrepreneurs. Through it they have the option of growing or making their own product that they can sell at a Farmers and Makers Market led by them.
I got the opportunity to meet with the students and learn more about their projects. The growers, they were hard at work growing tomatoes, peppers, peas, and more, The makers, they were getting creative with products like soap and lip balms, and then there were the food makers who will be serving up pie and other treats during the market.
While there, I took advantage of the opportunity, telling them all about what I do and what it is like to be a small businesses owner. I didn’t stop there though, I brought some friends a long as well to teach them all about being farmers and makers. What can I say, knowing so many people comes in handy sometimes.
Up first was Julie Shelton of Coco Jewels in Everett. She is a local maker of all-natural bath and beauty products. She did an amazing job sharing the story of how she became a maker and technical stuff, like packaging your project and how to interact with customers and shops that could carry your product.
Next up, the students got a crash course in the importance of locally grown food from Farmer Tristan of Klesick’s Farm in Stanwood. The farm not only grows delicious food, it also offers a CSA Box delivery program that brings together organic and GMO-free milk, eggs, produce, and more from the area and beyond (I get one every week).
His message was an awesome one. Being a grower, isn’t just about taking a plant from seed to food on someone’s table, it is about what you and your community get out of it. Locally grown food, and produce in general, is essential to living a healthy life. Not only that, it plays a huge role in the local environment, and the sustainability of food sources and our soil.
A huge thank you for both of them coming out to help support SnoCo’s future growers and makers with me. You can support them too by attending the market on May 17th. If you do, be sure to take the time to ask the students about the products they are selling and their experiences growing and making them.
The Student Led Farmers & Makers Market is Happening
Thursday May 17th, 4:00PM-7PM At Glacier Peak High School 7401 144th Pl SE, Snohomish, WA 98296
Hot tips for an easy market experience:
- Bring cash/checks – we are unable to process cards at this time
- Bring a flat or box to carry plants – we have some but they run out fast (plant wagons are welcome)
- Bring your appetite! There is great food on site.
Check Out Coco Jewels Bath & Body Products At:
Find out more about Klesick’s Farm & CSA Box Delivery At:
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