Organic Entrepreneurship

first_imgBalancing academic coursework with a job is a challenge many University of Georgia students face, but for students in the new Organic Horticulture Entrepreneurship class, their classwork is both academic and economic.This semester is also harvest season for the four horticulture students in the class, who are gaining experience planning, planting and marketing crops through a weekly student farmers market.Taught by Associate Professor David Berle and Professor Tim Coolong in the Department of Horticulture, the new course in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) allows students to learn the process of growing their own produce and build the interpersonal communication skills necessary sell their crops.Every Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the students load up tables at UGArden with the crops they’ve grown during the semester — leafy mounds of lettuce, kale, turnip greens and bok choy, as well as radishes, turnips and teas made from herbs they’ve grown — and sell their wares to the public. Customers are able to buy field-fresh produce and the students practice educating members of the Athens community about the process of organic farming.The class, which is being taught for the second time this semester, was created after Berle, who focuses on organic horticulture, and Coolong, a vegetable specialist, were approached by a donor interested in supporting the development of an immersive course addressing both sustainability and entrepreneurship.Part of the donor funding goes to compensate Sarah Rucker, assistant farm manager for the UGArden. “(Rucker) is the one who helps coach the students and manage the farmer’s market,” Berle said. Through her role in the course, Rucker essentially serves as a teaching assistant for the course by answering any questions the students may have about their crops, best practices and marketing techniques.The UGArden herb program that is part of the class also was awarded an Experiential Learning Innovation Grant, a program of the UGA Office of the Vice President for Instruction, which provides funding to faculty who want to update or create a new course design for experiential learning.As the course progresses, Berle continually makes adjustments to give students the best opportunities to gain experience in both growing and selling organic produce.One tweak is the way students sell their produce. During the first semester the course was offered, students were selling primarily to university vendors such as UGA Dining Services and the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel. But after realizing that students were missing out on face-to-face interaction with customers, Berle and Coolong created a weekly farmer’s market at UGArden so students could experience how to communicate and interact directly with consumers rather than just delivering to vendors.Students in the course are grateful for the opportunity to give back to the Athens community by providing fresh produce while learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur in the organic horticulture industry.“I am probably out here (in the garden) for four or five hours every day,” stated Sarah Kate Duncan, a senior horticulture major who is taking the course. “But it is totally worth it … Some of my favorite things to grow are turnip greens, different types of lettuces, fresh cut flowers and herbs.”Erica Head, works as the student assistant herb manager for UGArden. Though she is not in the entrepreneurship class, she has been connected to the UGArden herb program since taking a freshman Odyssey seminar with Berle.“I see the whole process from beginning to end: I seed the plants, I put them in the field, I dry and process them into teas. I like seeing people enjoy the teas and telling them about their medicinal effects,” Head said. “It’s also really good to see the other students selling the crops they have worked hard on all semester.”Chris Rhodes, director of industry partnerships at CAES, explains that industry leaders are looking for graduates with the creativity, communication and problem-solving skills that students in this course are gaining.“There is no substitute for running a business to learn how to run a business,” Rhodes stated. Through his role in the college, Rhodes wants to ensure that every student has the confidence to recognize a path they want to achieve and then to be connected to resources to ensure success after their time at UGA.Student-grown produce from the course will be available through the weekly farmers market until Thanksgiving. For more information on this course and other experiential learning opportunities available at CAES, visit read more

Still waiting: Cash-strapped PLN yet to receive $3b from government

first_img“They said it would be paid out this year,” the former banker told lawmakers during a House of Representatives (DPR) hearing in Jakarta on Wednesday.The government owes Indonesia’s sole electricity distribution company for electricity subsidies incurred over the past two years. PLN is due to receive Rp 23 trillion for subsidies in 2018 and Rp 15 trillion for 2019.Disbursing the compensation funds is particularly urgent for cash-strapped PLN as the company faces cash flow risks in the second quarter, due to a bill payment relaxation scheme introduced following a recent fiasco.Around 4.6 million residential customers of PLN reported a spike in their power bills in June amid the implementation of the government’s working-from-home policy introduced to contain the coronavirus spread. State-owned electricity company PLN says it has yet to receive compensation worth billions of dollars from the government for offering power to customers below market prices.PLN president director Zulkifli Zaini said on Wednesday that the utility company was still waiting for the government to disburse the funds, which amounted to Rp 45 trillion (US$3.17 billion).Read also: PLN books $2.8b loss in Q1 amid weakening rupiah PLN also faces cash flow problems due to low electricity price ceilings and high power plant investment. Furthermore, the company is giving discounts to 31 million of Indonesia’s poorest homes as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.Read also: Consumers lament PLN electricity bill spikeThe State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry previously announced billions of dollars in compensation for big SOEs, including Rp 48.46 trillion for PLN. Other state companies, such as national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and steelmaker Krakatau Steel, will receive working capital guarantees.“The government has liabilities to SOEs that amount to Rp 108.48 trillion,” said ministry spokesman Arya Sinulingga on June 5.PLN booked a net loss Rp 38.9 trillion in this year’s first quarter, down from a net profit of Rp 4.12 trillion in the same period last year, after the rupiah exchange rate fell to a record low against the greenback in March.Topics :last_img read more

Cricket News Alzarri Joseph plays vital part in West Indies’ historic victory over England despite death of his mother

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. West Indies won a Test series against England after 10 years.Kemar Roach was the Man of the Match for his eight wickets.Alzarri Joseph lost his mother, Sharon during the third day of the Test. highlights Fittingly, Joseph ended the match in style by taking the catch off last man James Anderson when the batsman miscued the shot to mid-on and the youngster dived forward to take the catch. He was on the ground and there was visible emotion as the West Indies players congratulated him.After the end of the match, West Indies skipper Holder dedicated the win to Joseph’s mother. “We started the day with a daunting task. For Alzarri to come out after that kind of news, it’s an extremely special performance. This was for him and his family. We are hungry for success, and credit to the boys for sticking to the task. This group has been together for the last two and a half years,” Holder said.West Indies will be aiming to achieve a 3-0 whitewash against England as they head to St Lucia for the third and final Test. New Delhi: Alzarri Joseph played a small but vital part as West Indies ended 10 years of pain to win a series against England. Joseph took four wickets in the second Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua as Jason Holder’s side won the Test match by 10 wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead and regain the Wisden Trophy. However, despite the historic feat, the celebrations from the 22-yeard old in front of his home fans was muted. Just before the start of day 3, news came through that Joseph’s mother Sharon had died after a long battle with illness. Despite the tragedy, Joseph decided to play and push the West Indies for a series-leveling win.Before play again, players work black armbands and Joseph chipped in with seven runs batting at No.10 as West Indies managed to take a 119-run lead. Joseph had impressed everyone with his pace and control in the first innings as he accounted for Joe Root and Joe Denly after England were bowled out for 187. In the second innings, in a hostile seven-over spell, Joseph regularly crossed over 90 mph.In the second innings, Joseph accounted for Root with a vicious in-ducker that cut the England skipper in half. There was an appeal for a catch but the umpire did not give it. The review was taken and Real Time Snicko showed a spike and Root was dismissed for 7. Joseph then got rid of Denly with a good length ball that nipped back in and the batsman offered no shot to be bowled for 17. The ball hit the top of off stump and West Indies once again dominated. Joseph’s spell of 7-4-12-2 set up the game nicely for Kemar Roach (4/52) and Jason Holder (4/43) as West Indies won the match by 10 wickets in front of a joyous crowd in Antigua.last_img read more

Ken Dunne looking forward to new role as goalkeeping coach

first_imgTipp’s new senior Hurling goalkeeping coach is looking forward to learning from both the players and backroom team in his new role.Ken Dunne is a former Tipperary hurler himself and has had a turbulent year – he suffered a seizure while on a family trip in April, and underwent surgery to remove a lump from his brain.He returned training with his club Toomevara just 5 weeks later – and won a Seamus O Riain Cup medal. Ken has previously served as a Tipp under 21 Hurling selector when TJ Connolly managed the team.Dunne says he’s looking forward to the new challenge…last_img

Global Investment Bank wins maiden Luv FM Inter-Bank Games

first_imgGlobal Investment Bank go into the records as overall winners of the maiden edition of the Luv FM Inter-Bank and Family Fun Games.The event staged on Saturday, October 22 at the Opoku Ware School Park in Kumasi saw 12 financial institutions slug it out for supremacy in a bouquet of sporting disciplines.Children of the workers had a good time as they engaged in recreation outside home.Global Investment Bank emerged tops in the table tennis and second runners-up in the sack relay for men and women as well as women penalty shoo–out For their prizes, they went home with a 50—inch LED TV donated by Electroland Ghana, in addition to a giant trophy.Starlife Insurance came second while Energy Bank picked the third spot.Esich Insurance beat Zenith Bank 5-4 on penalties to clinch the soccer trophy.Other winners are Dalex Finance who were first in the Men’s Relay, Starlife Insurance for the Women’s Relay and Zenith Bank grabbed the snooker.last_img read more