WASHBURN — This is the year of the tomato for five school districts: Washburn, Bayfield, Ashland, South Shore and Drummond, also the first year of the Agripreneur Program.
Seven students and six adult liaisons have been working all summer growing mostly tomatoes, but also a few other crops, inside the new high tunnels on five campuses in Bayfield and Ashland Counties. Agripreneur students were paid a stipend and also earned school credit for tending the tunnels. In addition, they were able to choose what to do with their produce. Some sold it at farmers markets or to restaurants and stores in the area (Fat Radish, Bear Paw Café, and Johnson’s Store), others to individuals as boxed shares, or to the school for cafeteria lunches. Either way, these kids learned bushels of skills, growing and marketing their own produce.