TSiBA Eden Students Visit The Harkerville Market

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Derrick Ikin, a long-time Eden volunteer, coordinated a market research project for the first year group at TSiBA Eden. His wife Barbara supported the group in preparing and facilitating the event. This is the story that Derrick wrote about the day.

Getting up at 5.30am, so as to be at the Harkerville market before 7am, was quite a challenge for most of the 40 students. A few looked asleep even though their eyes were open! The market stallholders were already there, unpacking and setting up their stands….and by 8am everything was ready for the first customers. A hasty sandwich-breakfast was wolfed down and then students rushed to work on the assignment.

The benches under the huge tree filled up with people eating breakfasts and drinking coffee while relaxing music was playing in the background. The TSiBA students introduced themselves and interviewed both customers and stallholders. A friendly atmosphere prevailed and information was freely given and shared. Lively discussions ensued and some lucky students were even invited to breakfast! Food, bread, cakes, veggies, flowers, paintings, handicrafts, quilts, jams, CDs, and more were on sale. For most students it was the first time at a rural market. The market owner explained the intricacies of managing the market.
The completed assignments revealed that the visit was inspiring and showed hands-on selling and marketing. Many came away with their own dreams and ideas of what they could do at such a market – traditional food, beadwork, exciting clothing. Numerous stallholders expressed great pleasure at the students’ visit and welcomed them in the future

Written by Derrick and Barbara Ikin

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