Saturday, February 28, 2009

Starbucks' staff with Turf's High School Interns

Turf Conducts Community Food Surveys at Starbucks

This month Turf conducted its Community Food Survey at our neighborhood Starbucks. For an hour and a half, Turf asked Starbucks’ customers, who are residents of Parkchester, a series of questions to determine how satisfied they are with the quality of produce in the neighborhood, how much they spend on vegetables and fruits, what types of vegetables and fruits they buy regularly, and if they would be interested in buying directly from a local farmer. The 25 customers/community residents that participated in the survey were each given a free cup of Starbucks coffee. Thanks again Starbucks for supporting Turf!!!

Turf will continue to survey residents in the community until the end of March. Then results from the survey will be sent to our CSA farmer to help us better design our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program. Below is one of Turf’s high school intern’s thoughts about the activity.

Turf Takes Over Starbucks! by Quamay/Turf High School Intern

My experience at Starbucks was very interesting. When I learned we would be doing a community food survey for families in the community I thought, “Dude, this isn’t going to be fun.” But come to find out this experience was actually great and I enjoyed it.

The whole Starbucks scene was good too. I didn’t really think we were going to get many people to participate because we were being turned down a lot at first. So we tried a couple of different approaches until we found one that worked well. It worked so well that we did more surveys than expected and met a lot of people along the way. However, I was surprised to find out that some people who did the survey actually said the produce in Parkchester was great (I didn’t really think that was possible).

At the end we met the Starbucks’ staff and took a picture with them and head home. It was a great experience and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.

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