The Enterprise Curriculum is a set of eight lessons where each lesson has two parts; generally the first part of each lesson is dedicated to the Enterprise Project, while the second part is focused on financial education, marketing, project planning, etc. Though concepts covered in the financial education portion of each lesson are basic, they build valuable skills that students can apply toward their Enterprise Projects.
The Enterprise Project originated out of the knowledge that students who participate in active learning and project-based education are more involved and gain more than students in passive learning situations. The purpose of the Enterprise Project is to teach students about collaborative group work, business development and successful project management and implementation.
Basically, an Enterprise Project is a simplified business plan originated, outlined and implemented by students. This project should involve their Healthy Growing School Garden. The Enterprise Project could be anything from writing and selling a cookbook, to selling fruit salad at school, to developing a phone app that helps the garden be more efficient.
The Enterprise Project should commence with the first lesson and be completed on or after the last lesson. The completed project is a simple business idea that should be implemented before the end of the semester, unless the specific project requires more time. The profits received from the Enterprise Project should be invested back into the school garden, but they can also be used for expanding the business, educating the school community about health, food and gardening or giving back to the community by holding a celebration (Harvest Festival, potluck, Garden Beautification Day, Art Day, etc.).
L.1 Introduction to Enterprise
L.2 School Lunch
L.3 Needs vs. Wants
L.4 Budget Basics
L.6 Savings and Financial Growth
L.7 Marketing and Community
L.8 In the Garden