Young Marketeers is kindly funded by NatWest's Skills and Opportunities Fund.
Young Marketeers Covid-19 style!
Sadly, our Young Marketeers weren’t able to show off their prize veg at Borough Market this year, but a global pandemic did not stop our young horticulturists. Together we found a way to modify the programme so that it was Covid-safe and a bumper crop was guaranteed.
- Seed sowing and market trader training - Veg seeds were posted out so that our Young Marketeers could get planting, tending and watering their plants during lockdown. We also put 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 delivered socially-distanced sessions in schools, helping them bring on their veg for sale day. If schools had experienced veg-growing disasters during school closure, we provided back up in the shape of baby plug plants from Rocket Gardens.
- FareShare depot tour - Our charity partners FareShare put together a virtual tour 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 - With no parents allowed in school playgrounds, schools got creative on sale day with internet advertising, click-and-collect services and online ordering ensuring that Covid restrictions didn’t stop proceedings.
All of our Young Marketeers resources and videos can be found on our Resource Hub.
“We had a fabulous sale day yesterday; we all really enjoyed the buzz. Creating a market stall outside school grounds was good fun too; measuring 2m social distancing strategies, stapling signage to pillars and posts were all great experiences and the students worked well together.”
“I really enjoyed working on the stall. Meeting and talking to people and making sales was so much fun. I loved seeing people buy our vegetables which we grew, and it was interesting using the till system on the iPad and learning how to cash items up.”
"The most useful parts of the programme have been learning about the food we eat and the food we can grow 'from welly to belly'… and, of course, the awareness of the FareShare charity. Fundraising and helping towards fighting hunger and tackling food waste have been valuable experiences for our students."
Young Marketeers in the Press!
Our friends at Garden Organic have kindly supplied each school with seeds from their Heritage Seed library to maximise their growing potential.