This week the GEC headed to Indianapolis to visit three Kroger stores and four Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). There was lots of energy in the city with the 100th running of the Indy 500 and couldn’t be missed whether we stopped at the schools or were driving to the different store locations. For me, I really enjoyed going to the schools and showing the kids the Greenhouse Education Center. They loved seeing the tall plants climbing on the trellis, the queen bee overseeing her hive, and taking home cherry tomatos and stickers. It was great to see their interest and eagerness to share their stories, as many of them had gardens at home.
Kroger did a phenomenal job in my opinion with stocking and displaying NatureFresh™ product. Ohio reds (pictured above) were displayed prominently as you walked in the store. Our first Kroger stop also had a Tom Bar™ which was nice as we were able to sample near it and showcase NatureFresh™ variety of cocktail and cherry tomatoes.
NatureFresh™ Farms truly cares about the future of fresh as demonstrated with our visits to several public schools. The GEC team talked to about 1400 elementary students from kindergarten to 8th grade over the course of two days. By showcasing our mobile greenhouse and teaching kids about how their food is grown, we will make a positive impact with these growing minds. Overall it was a fantastic week!