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

On July 8 our Young Marketeers would have been showing off their prize veg at Borough Market at our summer sale. But a global pandemic will not stop our young horticulturists and together we’ve found a way to modify the programme so that it’s Covid-safe and a bumper crop is guaranteed.

  • Seed sowing and market trader training- Veg seeds were posted out so that our Young Marketeers could get growing and they’ve been busy planting, tending and watering their plants during lockdown. We will also be putting together a film with real market traders at Borough Market, sharing hints and tips on setting up a stall, sales techniques and making produce look super tempting. 
  • Trouble-shooting gardening visits- Our resident gardener Cath will be delivering socially-distanced sessions in schools, helping them bring on their veg for market day. If schools have experienced veg disasters during school closures, we’ll be providing back up in the shape of baby plug plants from Rocket Gardens.
  • FareShare depot tour- Our charity partners FareShare are putting together a virtual tour with a follow-up Q&A session to give insight into the scale of FareShare’s work, and how the money raised by our Young Marketeers will feed vulnerable families. 
  • Sale day- Schools will be recreating Borough Market in the playground, selling home grown fruit and veg to classmates and teachers.

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.