Do you know what’s filling the former Harvest Co-op space on South Street? Juicygreens will open this winter with a variety of smoothies, pressed juices, soups, arepas and salads. Today, we are chatting with Juicygreens founder and owner Ammy Lowney about being in the First Cohort for IFundWomen Boston, making the switch from teacher to social entrepreneur, and how JPNDC is helping her make her small business dreams a reality.
K: Where are you from originally?
A: I’m originally from Barranquilla, in the northern part of Colombia. I moved to Massachusetts in 2002 as a transfer student at Northeastern University. I moved to Miami for a bit then came back to get my Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development at UMass Boston.
K: What were you doing career-wise before you decided to start Juicygreens?
A: I was teaching civics and world history to 11th- and 12th-graders in Boston Public Schools. I fell in love with the civics curriculum. I was partnering my students with local organizations and getting them out of the classroom. Many times, I wished I was going with them and working with the organizations. We would identify a social issue in the city and do research to find a solution. The organizations would provide them with small grants so that they could work to find a real solution. I became familiar with a lot of the social issues in the city.