Students Sell Vegetables at College
Students at Falmouth Marine School were selling fresh vegetables in the College foyer last week at the start of weekly enterprise.
As part of the Setting up an Enterprise unit on their National Open College Network (NOCN) course, the students sold the vegetables grown at the Duchy College Rosewarne campus, picked that very same day.
The students ordered the vegetables at cost and sold them with a slight mark up, with prices based on an analysis they did with process at local supermarket Asda. All prices were by kilo and offered great value for money.
On Wednesday 3rd March the stall was set up with a variety of seasonable vegetables on sale including onions, carrots, leeks, three types of cabbage, swede, cauliflower and potatoes. The students took it in turns to serve customers, weighting the vegetables and taking money.
Students and staff flocked to the stall during their lunch hour to browse through the goods, with the Head of College, Tom Shaw, buying a full bag of leeks, carrots and potatoes. The red cabbage was the most popular of the day selling out in the first ten minutes, with leeks, carrots and potatoes also doing well.
From now on the students will sell the vegetables on an order basis, handing out order forms to staff and students the week before and delivering the goods on Wednesday of each week.
One of the students, Mathew Shipley, commented: "It's been really good fun. We've sold quite a lot and it's been good selling things and using the scales to weigh everything."
Rachel Green, tutor on the NOCN course, said: "This is great way for the students to experience setting up and running a small business and dealing with customers. They've all been really enthusiastic about every aspect of it and all done really well."
Dave Linnell OBE, Principal of Cornwall College, commented: "This is a great exercise and not only benefits staff and students at the College but gives the students a first-hand experience of running a real business."