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Jennifer has taken her entrepreneurial attitude and her passion for locally grown produce and created a way to provide the best products possible while supporting local farmers. Before entering the Community Economic Development Program, Jennifer started Field to Fork Herbs in 2012 which gave her the background to succeed in the program as well as her future ventures. Since graduating from the program, she has pioneered a second project, the Lower Mainland Herb Growers Co-op, a project she developed when in the CED program. Jennifer had the opportunity to pitch her new business idea in SFU’s annual Social Innovation Challenge where she won $12,000 to help bring her pitch to reality.
The Lower Mainland Herb Growers Co-op supplies retailers with locally grown herbs that they have bought, dried and packaged into culinary blends for sale. The Co-op aims to eliminate low quality imported herbs that are commonly found on shelves. Jennifer’s long-term goals is for the Lower Mainland Herb Growers Co-op to become a model for future community economic development projects.