During the Academics week, we focused on Agricultural Education and Business. The mentees were randomly split into two groups with one going to Wendy’s Restaurant in North Little Rock and the other to the
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Community Garden in Little Rock.
At Wendy’s, the mentees learned the business side. Our young men didn’t know how much was involved in getting customers their correct order in a short period of time. There is so much preparation that is required to open a business every day.
The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Community Garden was a great experience to show how we get fresh food. It takes a lot of work and preparation to work a successful garden. We came in to the garden at the end of summer and fall/winter planning. Many of us were placed in groups to clear certain plants out of the garden. For example, one group worked on removing tomato plants. There were so many plants that a group of 6 mentees were needed to clear each bed. Mr. Allen informed us that tomato plants cannot be placed in the compost heap. There will degrade on their own. Because of the frost last week we could see that the tomatoes left on the vine looked misshapen. Could you imagine eating a tomato that was split due to the frost?
Then we met at Loca Luna to speak with Kevin Abernathy, the owner and he discussed how to run a successful restaurant for over twenty years. He discussed how hard it is to start the business and how to overcome encounters that will happen. He also stated that it can be fairly easy to open a business or franchise but it takes work to keep it successful.