By Lizbeth Trujillo
On December 13, Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) will be hosting its first Farmer’s Market from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the north Zelzah parking lot.
Inspired by seniors Sara Johnson and Simaranjeet Rai’s club on campus, “The Snack Strategy,” the objective of the Farmer’s Market is to introduce fresh produce to the GHCHS community as well as Granada Hills as a whole.
The idea for the Farmer’s Market came about when Rai and Johnson were given the opportunity to improve an elementary school’s afterschool program by devising ways for children to eat healthier. The experience inspired “The Snack Strategy,” a club focused on teaching GHCHS students to develop healthier eating habits by targeting the types of snacks they consume. The club further motivated them to extend what they know about healthy eating to the city’s community, giving rise to the Farmer’s market.
Rai and Johnson then contacted Cindy Quintana, IB CAS coordinator, who helped them set up a meeting with Farmer’s Market Manager Rick Hernandez where they learned the logistics and basic information about the Farmer’s Market. Administration approved the idea enthusiastically. The market will consist of farmers selling their fresh produce, a “Kidzone” reserved to entertain children with fun activities such as the GHCHS cheer team’s facepainting, and more.
The farmers participating in the Farmer’s Market will pay a registration fee, this money will go towards running the market, buying materials, and helping the school. It will provide GHCHS student groups and clubs with a great opportunity as they will be able to participate without having to pay, and all of their profits will go towards their own school accounts.
Many people are expected to attend as the event will be highly publicized. Many GHCHS social media websites will post flyers regarding the much anticipated Farmer’s Market and 5,000 flyers will also be posted around school, given to students, and distributed within the community, such as during the Granada Hills Holiday Parade. The event will also be featured in the LA Daily News, and flyers have been sent to Councilman Mitch Englander and the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce. The Farmer’s Market announcement will be heard over the PA and on Chromebook wallpapers.
Rai and Johnson hope to make the Farmer’s Market a monthly or even weekly event as they expect for it to be successful in increasing awareness about healthy eating and uniting the Granada Hills community. For more information, visit The Snack Strategy website, thesnackstrategy.wix.com.