Some Maskwacis schools receive a daily supply of freshly produced lettuce and other herbs from a plant in the city. Qiam Noori, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Some Maskwacis schools receive a daily supply of freshly produced lettuce and other herbs from a plant in the city.

An operation manager for Akamihk Fresh, Jordon Gerein, told the Pipestone Flyer that the plant is currently offering a variety of veggies to at least ten schools around the city.

“We supply them with what 80 to 100 pounds of lettuce every week,” Gerein explained.

He further stated that “[the students] use the lettuce within their schools and the commercial kitchens, they have chefs who are chopping up the lettuce making salads, giving the students access to a fresh salad every day,”

Gerein detailed that around 3,000 students at these Maskwacis schools are benefiting from the veggies that are pesticide-free products.

Gerein also said the students receive lettuce, basil, and other herbs daily.

The company is owned and operated by the indigenous community of the city.

The construction of the company cost $500,000 which was funded by the Alberta government.

According to the management of the company, the plant is producing 3,000 heads of lettuce weekly.

It is fully owned and operated by Montana First Nation.

By Qiam Noori, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on May 15, 2024 at 14:54

This item reprinted with permission from   Ponoka News   Ponoka News, Alberta

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