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
I 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.
Social 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.