- CAFS planting a tree on Earth Day at Blanche Ely High School.
- CAFS students at the Manrrs 2016 conference in Jacksonville, FL.
- FAMU BASE students - Virginia Tech University - April 2016.
- Ag-Discovery gearing up for another year!
- Fall 2015 Graduate!
- Famu Research & Extension Center in Quincy
- Coming in August 2016
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- Coming in August 2016
Success Story 1: “Yes, We’re Open!”
Havana, FL-With its picturesque small town feel and eclectic shops and restaurants, historic Havana, FL is bursting with charm and good ole southern hospitality. What more could anyone ask? JL and IB thought long and hard before coming up with an answer and deciding to make their mark on this special city.
Choosing Havana, FL was the easy part. Mr. L. loved the area and knew it would be perfect for his business. Where to start was an entirely different story. The plan: to open “Miss T’s Sets”, a high-end retail store specializing in dinnerware, flatware and stemware. The solution: FAMU Cooperative Extension Outreach Program. One day while reading the Havana Herald, Mr. L read about FAMU-CEP’s Community Resource Development Coordinator, Donna Salters. “We really didn’t know what we were doing...” so Mr. L along with his business partner, Ms. B, contacted Ms. Salters.
Being a foreigner Mr. L needed someone well versed in local procedures and guidelines for help with business plans to various filings. “Most importantly she has helped us become legal.” With a grand opening of October 1, JL and IB still have their work cut out for them but they beam at the notion. They have learned that this experience is more complex and detailed than they initially thought and are grateful for the outreach of FAMU CEP. The calls and visits are welcomed by Ms. Salters who never passes up an opportunity to relay new found information to these entrepreneurs. JL and IB are more than clients, they’re an extension. The future of “Miss T’s Sets” looks toward gaining a bridal registry and launching a website for worldwide ordering. For now the road ahead is marked with dotting more “i’s” and crossing even more “t’s” but is made easier with an extra hand holding the pen.
Success Story 2: Youth Agriculture Entrepreneurship
The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University implemented the Red Clay Garden Project in four sites targeting elementary school students. In the garden learning environment participants cultivated, planted, fertilized, weeded, managed pests, harvested, cooked, and consumed produce from their gardens. The students fall 2010 harvest consisted of the following: Red Potatoes (225 lbs), Collards (25 bunches), Turnips (15 bunches) Broccoli (30 lbs), Green beans (20 lbs), Squash (241.25), Corn (14 dozen ears), Tomatoes (42 lbs), Vidalia Onions (200 lbs), Okra (74 lbs).
The Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach Project provided technical assistance in teaching youth how to assess the market value of the produce they grew.
Success Story 3: A Change of pace
Oak Grove - An emu, an engineer and a goat? No, it’s not the beginnings of a bad joke but what do these three really have in common? Not much before retired engineer, DH, of 28 years decided to venture out into the field of agriculture. DH has been working with FAMU CEP since his retirement in 2002. He contacted his local Extension office in Gadsden County and made what would become a lasting friendship that has been growing for the past 8 years.
Starting from the ground up is no easy feat. Extension Agent Lester Muralles has been there and aided Mr. DH with citrus fruit trees, soil sampling, etc. Mr. DH has also taken advantage of the aquaculture program within FAMU CEP as well as the knowledge of other agents and specialists within Extension. “It’s a very profitable business if you do it right”, commented DH when speaking of his poultry business consisting of 150 naturally fed chickens, producing around 12 dozen eggs daily. He and Agent Muralles researched and documented best practices for feeding and taking care of his many fowls. Along with an emu, a mule and chickens Henry also has the presence goats, citrus smelling ones at that! DH makes goat lotion and soap that is 100% natural and 88% organic. He was invited to the FAMU Farm Fest to sell his product, which sells itself in person and to contact FAMU CEP’s Community Resource Development Coordinator to help with marketing strategies. They say the only thing constant is change and for DH with the help of FAMU CEP, change is good.
Success Story 4: Entrepreneurs in Prison: The Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach Project (RE0P) Extends Services to the Hamilton County Correctional Institution
The Issue: Individuals in the Adult Offender Reentry Program at the Hamilton County Correctional Institution needed entrepreneurial skill building training to increase their opportunities to generate income once they were released from prison.
The goal and mission of the Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach Project (REOP) is to energize communities by connecting people to their dreams. When the Hamilton County Prison Transition Team Leader read an article in the Jasper News about the Project, she immediately called and requested our services. At the time of the request there was not an immediate connect on how our Project’s mission matched that of incarcerated individuals with felony convictions. There was also concern about overcoming prison security rules (prohibition of computer use by inmates and entry of electronic devices) regarding delivery of computer-based teaching and learning.
What We Did: After entering the prison camp, the men arrived to a classroom setting, signed in and a conversation ensued. The inmates asked questions; such as “what can I do now that I am a felon?” “Where can I go to get help to start my own business?” Since computer based teaching and learning was not an option, the session became an opportunity to inspire, motivate and help the participants visualize a different process through discussion. Rather than “finding a job”, we were able to help them think about how to create work! They expressed and demonstrated excited about learning how to re-focus their energy into legal money making opportunities utilizing the same skills and talents used to commit crimes.
In the 3 hour session the results were amazing. Several inmates had previously requested to be taken to the daily church service. Forty-five minutes into the session, an officer arrived to transport those men to the church service ---but of the 26 attendees, no one left.
Their attitudes changed, hope was elevated, and imagination of opportunity was expanded. Some expressed recognition of the fact that they can create opportunities to generate income doing something legal that they really love. They expressed a new sense-of-self and with their passion to succeed they would not return to prison.
They reminded me of their pending prison release dates, and although they were from different counties around the state, they believe that the REDP can help them become positive forces for change in their communities.
Develop a partnership with the institution where by the project develops and delivers a module as a component of their offender re-entry program.
Develop partnerships with communities to continue providing entrepreneurial development services to inmates once they return to their communities.
Youth Agripreneurship in north Florida - April 2011