Luther Burbank High School students on Thursday launched a second year of selling fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, part of a nonprofit campaign to promote healthy eating.
The fare included lettuces grown on campus along with kale, potatoes, apples and more provided by Northern California farmers through the nonprofit www.freshproducers.org.
Christie Moulton of Fresh Producers, which is dedicated to helping raise awareness of healthy foods and their role in well-balanced lives, said the farm stand may not yield much in the way of profit.
But it could bring in enough to help support the the school's small farming operation and other student activities.
Students helping after school Thursday offered varied reasons for participating.
Sophomore Vicky Oun, 16, said she plans to write about the project in her application to attend Stanford University.
Margarita Orozco, 16, also a sophomore at Burbank, said it's an opportunity to get comfortable handling money. One day, she said, she hopes to own her own business.
The stand drew an early stream of buyers shortly after it opened, including Christina McCarty, school psychologist.
"We had this last year and I really enjoyed it," McCarty said. "They have wonderful produce.
"I saw they had the stand up again this year and just had to come out and do some shopping."
The advantages for students, she said, are a sense of accomplishment and of being part of the larger community.
"They have been working hard on producing this, and it's just a lot of fun for them," she said.
Farm stand operations will resume April 4 (after spring break). After that, the stand will operate Thursdays through May. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m.
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