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Teaching sustainable farming

I wanted to find a way to combine my two passions, farming and military veterans, and social entrepreneurship was the way to do it.

Meet SIT alumna Alicia Moore

alicia mooreI studied social entrepreneurship at SIT, learning how to combine my interests in a way that could be financially self-sustaining while helping to solve complex social issues. I spent six years in the US Army and knew once I left that I wanted to find a way to combine my two passions, farming and military veterans, and social entrepreneurship was the way to do it.

Through my coursework, I was forced to think about the difficult business aspects of my vision and how I was actually going to fund my projects. Through classroom time, group projects, and reflection, I learned the importance of having a well-thought-out plan and to adjust that plan if needed.

alicia mooreSocial entrepreneurship is about more than making money: it’s about having a social mission at the core, a true desire to help others when most organizations are profit-driven. Social entrepreneurship is about innovation and forward thinking, challenging the status quo, and figuring out more efficient ways to tackle problems.

Today, I teach sustainable farming to military veterans, using the skills I learned in my SIT program every single day: I write grants, work on income projections, and plan budgets. SIT opened up my eyes and taught me that through business we can find solutions to many of society’s social problems.