100 transition year students attending Alexandra College, Dublin, will showcase a tough six months of work this weekend, when they stage an artisan market day to show how they have grown businesses from the ground up.

The initiative was set up in response to Domini and Peaches Kemp to create an enterprise based on fresh food and innovative recipes. Inspired by their challenge, the students split up into four teams with four different businesses.

After researching, agreeing and embarking on businesses, the students then chose local food producers and suppliers to help, as well as growing and tending to their own vegetable plot on-site.

The initiative was set up in response to Domini and Peaches Kemp to create an enterprise based on fresh food and innovative recipes. Inspired by their challenge, the students split up into four teams with four different businesse.

After researching, agreeing and embarking on businesses, the students then chose local food producers and suppliers to help, as well as growing and tending to their own vegetable plot on-site.

The College Greenhouse is run by the students and supplies tasty and fresh produce.

Brown Thomas has sponsored a prize fund of €2000 which will be dispersed through various prizes for the talented young students, including Best Product and Best Overall Outstanding Contribution. Their flagship Grafton Street store features ‘Domini & Peaches Kemp at The Restaurant’ serving delicious locally sourced artisan produce.

Lorna Watters, Ceithleann Ní Chonluain and Clodagh Victory are among the students organising the market

‘’Brown Thomas has a long history of supporting young Irish creative talent and is delighted to lend its expertise to Alex Artisans, who have put so much work into this innovative and exciting initiative’’ commented Edel Kinane, Marketing Manager of the iconic Irish department store.

The initiative is also sponsored by the TASTE Council and quickcrop.ie and the four businesses made through the initiative include 'The Little Jar Company', 'Nom Noms', 'Roots Salad' and 'The Buttercup Bakery'.

Barbara Ennis, the Principal of Alexandra College, commented, “this is one of the most exciting projects we have run at the College. The girls experienced so many aspects of how to set up and run a food business, and really got a taste of what the world after school is like."

"We see this as an important part of the girls’ education in enterprise. Projects like this are important is assisting with the development of entrepreneurs who will be at the centre of Ireland’s economic recovery.”

The culmination of the entire project will be showcased in the Alex Artisans Food Market, taking place this Saturday from 11am to 2pm at Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6.




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