Metro Tech prepares to open Oklahoma's first student-led farmer's market
OKLAHOMA CITY – The highly anticipated Sow-to-Grow student-led farmers market is set to open on Sept. 12 at Metro Tech's Springlake Campus in the heart of the Adventure District.
The market will be open to the public and is funded by a $50,000 Cox Connects Community IMPACT Grant, given annually to a K-12 educational initiative that enriches the overall educational experience and social wellbeing of students.
The farmers market will provide students with unique interdisciplinary learning opportunities as horticulture, culinary arts and entrepreneurship career majors collaborate to grow produce, market their product and operate a small business.
Farmers markets have grown from 400 to more than 4,000 in the past two decades. The local agrarian movement has increased as many consumers want fresh products and are more aware of the quality and freshness of the locally grown products. For Metro Tech horticulture students such as Evan Mander, growing vegetables from seed to produce a high-quality product is rewarding.
"It's exciting to see the fruits of our labor by tasting fresh, home-made salsa from our tomatoes, peppers and onions. I love working the soil and tending to the garden," Mander said.
Culinary arts students will also be performing live cooking demonstrations using produce harvested from the school's rooftop garden. Entrepreneurship students will be tasked with points-of-sale, selling recyclable bags and assisting customers and vendors, as well as managing live social media feeds during the market. In addition to students and teachers, the market will feature local vendors demonstrating their products and helping the students learn about managing a business.
The MCA Farmers Market will be open most Fridays in September and October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on free vendor space, or to volunteer with students, please contact Jona Kay Squires at (405) 595-4331.
Billie S. Smith
Community Relations | Social Media Specialist
Metro Technology Centers