FarmRaiser, a startup that is reinventing school fundraisers by providing healthy, local items for sale instead of the usual unhealthy and tired fare, launched their first pilot project this summer. More than a dozen high school students participated in a summer entrepreneur’s club and rose over $1,400 in two weeks, all while gaining valuable experience in sales, marketing and accounting.
Items sold included fresh blueberries from a local orchard and honey and salad greens from urban farms. Working in teams, the students visited farms to learn more about the foods they were selling, devised marketing plans, and held their own ‘shark tank’ competition.
Farmraiser presented at our Food Investor Network event in May and has a presence in Flint, MI, where this pilot was based, and Seattle. They plan to soon launch an additional 30-40 campaigns in Puget Sound area and suburban Washington, DC school districts.
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