Monkey Business Cafe
Monkey Business Cafe is a social enterprise with a mission to heal, educate and empower foster care and at risk youth to become healthy and productive members of the community. In collaboration with the Fullerton Arboretum and U-ACRE program at California State University, Fullerton, Monkey Business Cafe provides their guests with organically grown vegetables whenever possible. Their youths actually grow, harvest and prepare fruits and vegetables every month of the year. These harvests are used in many of their menu items, specials and the signature product line.
At their farm at the Arboretum, program participants learn about various aspects of farming: preparing the soil, planning a crop calendar, planting, best practices for growing, harvesting, composting, responsible watering, cultural responsibility and sustainable practices. They learn how to prepare dishes and seasonal menu items for Monkey Business Café, and they gain food designing and entrepreneurial skills with the Monkey Business Product Line. Using ingredients such as herbs that are cultivated at the Arboretum, the Monkey Business Cafe has developed a Monkey Business line of seasonings, a coffee rub, honey butter and fresh salsa. They welcome new recipes inspired by the young men and women working at Monkey Business and give them an opportunity to experiment with potentially new products and menu creations.
U-ACRE graduate students works with MBC to plan their crop calendar at the Fullerton Arboretum and advise them on optimal growing techniques. They also measure the nutritional value of Monkey Business Café menu items. Monkey Business program participants work side-by-side university students and thus gain exposure to the university setting.
For more information about Monkey Business Cafe, visit monkeybusinesscafe.org .