Young Marketeers brings together children from local primary schools to experience the joy of growing and harvesting delicious fresh fruit and veg. They then get the chance to develop their enterprise skills by selling their produce at their local market to raise funds for charity.
Our Young Marketeers programme will be celebrating its tenth birthday this year and we are welcoming 24 schools back to Borough Market London in October for a fabulous celebratory Harvest Sale!
The project has undergone a few changes this year to comply with on-going restrictions, but we have an exciting and action-packed programme planned for our schools.
- Assembly - an introduction to the programme and the concept of food surplus delivered by our project partners The Felix Project.
- Seed-Sowing Workshop - our gardener will visit your school to show you how to plant seed successfully - and will also give you a few seeds to get you started. You’ll learn how to prepare your growing patch and how to keep your crops growing and flourishing ready for sale day.
- Market Trader Training - we will send one of our wonderful volunteers to your school to teach your students how to trade successfully at Borough Market. Students will be shown our fantastic film made at Borough with the help of the traders. Afterwards, they will get the chance to think about how to set up their own stall to attract maximum numbers of customers.
- Troubleshooting - for new growers, our gardener will be scheduling a trouble-shooting phone call later in the year to check that all is going as it should.
- Sale Day - we are so excited to be back at Borough market in October to host two sale days, so that schools get a chance to show off their amazing home-grown veg
All proceeds will go to The Felix Project, London's largest food redistribution charity. The charity rescues good food that cannot be sold and delivers it direct to almost 1000 charities and schools serving people in need. Every £1 raised by the Young Marketeers will provide enough food for six tasty meals for vulnerable people across the capital.
Borough Market Sale Days
5 & 6 October 2021
11am to 1.30pm
Young Marketeers in the regions!
We've taken the tried and tested programme on the road this year and are excited that even more children will get to experience growing, harvesting and selling fresh fruit and veg. Students from schools in Gloucestershire, the Midlands, Newcastle and Dorset have been busy tending to their growing spaces over the past few months and will be showing off their enterprise skills in a few weeks when they set up stalls at their local market.
Regional Sale Days
Dorset - 22 Sept
Newcastle - 23 Sept
Gloucestershire - 1 Oct
Midlands - 1 Oct
“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."
Our friends at Garden Organic have kindly supplied each school with seeds from their Heritage Seed library to maximise their growing potential.