Green Leaf Company
Green Leaf Company
Meet the 9yo whose business inputs are (mostly) free
Jake started his business in November 2016 after learning he could have a free stall at our very first Showcase in East Fremantle.
Being a green thumb and noting the abundance of mint growing in his yard, Jake launched Green Leaf Company, selling potted herbs, ‘worm juice’ and cut bunches of cooking herbs. He also got his first order for succulents from his grandmother – 100 of them for $100.
He made $51 at that first market, part of which he opted to donate to a cause he’d recently learned about in school – children less fortunate than him.
Shortly thereafter came the summer holiday, and Jake opted to close down his business for a while, leaving the mint and succulents to spread throughout the garden.
In June 2017, Jake was ready to restart his business with a focus on succulents, and he became a founding member of Maker Kids Club. At the next market we held in Mandurah, he sold $148 of his plants.
The word started getting around. Soon Jake found himself the recipient of numerous potting containers like old teacups and ceramic pots, and succulent cuttings from all around his suburb. Jake collected his yoghurt containers for planting too, and his major investment was a bag of potting mix and gravel for his growing collection of plants.
He sold his plants at two consecutive markets in late 2017, taking over $200 in the process.
Holidays had again rolled around and so Jake has again parked his business for the time being. We don’t know if he’ll start it up again, but if you’re a succulent fan in Perth you might like to follow his page in case he does, his plants are top notch and very affordable!
Love from our teachers
"The program brought small business and financial management to the forefront of our students minds. It really opened their eyes to the ‘real world’ and that money does not just magically appear. It put things into perspective and their initiatives displayed at the Market stall day really showed the learning they gained from the program.
The Year 5 students are already talking about it!"
Melanie Buller, Principal SHHP 2019
"I was absolutely blown away by how successful the night was. The students did an amazing job and I am so proud of them. I haven’t done the final count, but I won’t be surprised if between them they have raised over $2000 in profit! And it’s not over! I have a meeting with our P&F representatives tomorrow to see if we can support them with their Christmas stall."
Suzie Alexander, Cannon Hill Anglican College 2019