Our Young Marketeers programme will be celebrating its tenth birthday this year and we have high hopes of welcoming 24 schools back to Borough Market in October for a fabulous celebratory Harvest Sale!
Young Marketeers is hitting the road!
Our teams are now signing up schools in Gloucestershire, the Midlands, Newcastle and Dorset. Children across the country will be selling their school-grown veg at their local market in the autumn.
Our long-standing project will be undergoing 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 FareShare. Delivery will be either face-to-face or virtual, depending on restrictions.
- 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 School Food Matters 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 hoping 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 and make lots of sales to raise money for FareShare.
“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.