Young Marketeers

Our Young Marketeers programme was chosen by NatWest's Skills & Opportunities Fund to receive funding for the next two years. Applications for 2020 are now open!

Young Marketeers enables school children to become market traders for a day at Borough Market, London's oldest and most renowned food market. Across the three sale days in 2019, the children raised £1,600 allowing FareShare to provide 6,400 meals to vulnerable families by redistributing surplus food. This year we are hoping to take Young Marketeers further afield, running the programme across other regions in addition to London.  

About Young Marketeers

The Young Marketeers programme starts with whole school assemblies delivered by FareShare when all the children in the participating schools learn about the challenges of food poverty and the absurdity of food waste. All proceeds from the three Young Marketeers sales go to FareShare and every £ raised = 4 meals for vulnerable families.  

For our summer and harvest sales, horticulturalist Chris Collins, former Blue Peter Gardener teaches our primary school children the art of growing veg from seed and Borough Market traders share their trade secrets on how to create a winning market stall.  In June, primary schools receive a visit from a skilled horticulturist and receive further tips on how to ensure a bumper crop. Each school will then set up shop alongside Borough Market traders to show off their enterprise skills and sell their school grown produce in July and October. 

Four more Southwark schools will learn the value of food by reflecting on the problem of food waste at the winter sale. Students will create delicious soups from surplus veg and bake bread with Bread Ahead to create a tasty offering to customers at Borough Market in February.  

You can see our Young Marketeers in action below.

‘This is amazing. Telling people about our project and selling and raising money for charity is fun!’ 
Y3 student, Snowsfields Primary School

‘It boosted my confidence. We have worked as a team and I have learnt a lot about growing food.’ 
Y3 student, Boutcher Primary School

'The project gave our gardening such a kick start. The students passion for developing our green space has been wonderful to see. Coming up with prices and deals for the customers brought out the best in our students.' 
Teacher, Snowfields Primary School

Young Marketeers in the Press!

Metro News Online

London News Online


Our friends at Garden Organic have kindly supplied each school with seeds from their Heritage Seed library to maximise their growing potential.