With most fundraisers lost in a sea of sugar and junk food, an ingenious company called FarmRaiser is showing schools that there is an alternative and much healthier option that embraces local food vendors. It’s about time!
Move over glossy gift wrap catalogs and generic chocolate bars! There’s a new school fundraiser in town. With the virtuous goal of bolstering local farms and businesses while also supporting schools, FarmRaiser is freshening up the old-school fundraiser model.
It’s an experience everyone knows. There’s a kid at the door—maybe a stranger, maybe a neighbor, maybe even your own child—with a brochure full of overpriced junk food. You know you’ll never eat any of the high-fructose caramel corn or chemical-laden candy, but you want to support the cause. As you write the check, you think, There has to be a better way. . . . That’s what FarmRaiser CEO and founder Mark Abbott thought too. But unlike the rest of us, Abbott—a founding member of AmeriCorps, expert in service-learning, and entrepreneur with past start-up experience—knew how to make that idea a reality
When Mark Abbott’s son was in fourth grade, his local elementary school recruited students and their families to participate in a fundraiser for the school. After successfully selling cookie dough and candy to friends and family, Abbott’s son remarked that he had just sold $400 worth of things the family would never eat at home. “It’s too bad we couldn’t try something healthy like apples,” said his son.
Partner companies, Food for Thought and Esch Road, are two of northwest Michigan’s beloved producers of locally-focused jarred products such as jams, preserves, sauces, salsas, and more! If you haven’t had their goods, please do – you’re in for a treat. We couldn’t be happier to support these amazing businesses by selling their products in our northern Michigan FarmRaisers.
While coffee isn’t an agricultural product of the United States, we at FarmRaiser can’t help but acknowledge American’s love of coffee in our product selection process. So we’ve made a point to feature some incredibly progressive, community-based coffee companies throughout the country! Today, we’d like to introduce you to the Flint Coffee Company – who source coffee beans from their family’s farm in Los Patos, Peru to make a surprisingly family-focused multi-continent business!
In 2010 the federal government passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. The “Let’s Move!” program strives to fight childhood obesity by encouraging children to live an active lifestyle and eat a nutritious diet. The Healthy Act also regulates the quantity of sugar and fats served to children at school. This statute helps guarantee that school-aged children receive at least one healthy meal a day.