Milton Hershey School’s Project Market Welcomes State Representative
Pennsylvania State Representative Tom Mehaffie visited the Milton Hershey School campus this week to learn more about the school’s student-run Project Market. Rachel Teller, MHS Associate Director of Agriculture and Environmental Education, led Rep. Mehaffie on a tour of Project Market and the school’s Horticultural Center, including greenhouses and classrooms, while sharing insight into Project Market’s business model.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was just a farmer’s market, but it is so much more than that,” said Rep. Mehaffie.
Rep. Mehaffie learned more about Project Market’s student internships and the campus-grown produce that is sold at the Market as well as other products created on campus like honey and ice cream. He observed students as they prepared new items for display—gaining further insight into students’ roles in the success of the business, which also includes marketing, research, and product development.
He also learned from students that many of them applied to work at Project Market because the hands-on learning experience will support their aspirations to become entrepreneurs in the future.
“This is a great opportunity for kids to work and gain customer service skills,” said Rep. Mehaffie. “It became clear that these internships will prepare them for the future.”
At the conclusion of his visit, Rep. Mehaffie shared business advice with the students based on his own experiences as a local business owner before purchasing some ice cream and produce students harvested that morning.
Project Market is located at 260 Ivanhoe Lane at the school’s Horticultural Center. It is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Learn more about Project Market.