From Tree to Glass: Windswept Orchard & Cider

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Written by Andrew Nixon

Windswept Orchard and Cider provides hand-crafted, small batch ciders made with estate-grown and locally-sourced apples. By creating unique seasonal ciders, sourcing Georgian Bay apples, and using 'wild' apples, Windswept seeks to rejuvenate the lost orchards of the Meaford area.

As a new entrant to the booming Ontario Craft Cider market, Windswept Orchard and Cider was attracted to the CBaSE Business Consulting course because they wanted access to bright, enthusiastic business students who will help develop their startup business.

CBaSE applauds Windswept Orchard and Cider's dedication to sustainability. Courtney Skinner, co-owner of Windswept Orchard and Cider, says, “we are committed to using only organic and wild apples, and one of the amazing parts of our work is to help recover ‘lost’ orchards of decades past in the beautiful Georgian Bay area. Our aim is to use our cider products to bring awareness to and celebration of the many unique varieties of apples abundant in our area.”

Students can expect to gain “knowledge from tree to glass” - learning the inner workings of an orchard-based cidery, as well as the exciting initial phases of a small startup company. Windswept Orchard and Cider is excited to work with you this Fall and the fresh ideas, perspectives, enthusiasm you’ll bring!

About CBaSE Business Consulting Course

The University of Guelph’s Business Consulting courses, more formally referred to as MGMT*4050 and MGMT*4060, offers senior students transformational learning experiences that provide them with real-world applicable skills and wisdom.

Offered in both Fall and Winter semesters, the Business Consulting course is open to third and fourth year students from any program who wish to earn course credit through unconventional means.

Teams of 2 - 4 students are paired with real clients who’ve come to CBaSE with various challenges they would like students to dedicate the semester to work towards solving. Previous projects include developing strategic integrated marketing plans for new businesses, performing financial analysis for non-profit organizations, conducting primary research to develop new revenue streams, and much more.

Students will act as consultants, meeting with their clients several times throughout the semester to update them on their progress and ensure expectations are being met and managed. Learning is self-directed and student success is based on the effort they put in.

Although this is not a traditional class, students are expected to put in the same amount of time, per week, that they would for any other course (approximately 10 hours). Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, work with business canvas models as well as reach beyond traditional theories learned in the classroom.

There are still a few spaces open in MGMT*4050 for the fall semester. If you are interested in working with Windswept Orchard & Cider, or one of our other clients, apply today!

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