Know your Onions

Know your Onions gives secondary school students an opportunity to try cooking and growing to stimulate an interest in food and a love of the natural world.

Know your Onions is now in its seventh year, running in 12 schools across London. Students learn to plant fruit and vegetables in their school gardens, which they then sell at their local street market. Along the way, they visit a nearby market garden to see the professionals doing it and have a cooking masterclass with tasty veg dishes.

In 2024, the programme is running in schools in Camden, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, and Islington. Each school benefits from:

  • A visit from an expert horticulturalist who sows seeds with students at the beginning of the growing season (April). 
  • A trip to a market garden in London so students can see and learn about commercially grown vegetables (in April or May) thanks to our fantastic partners such as OrganicLea, Sutton Community Farm, Growing Communities and Global Generation.
  • Two cooking sessions led by our Food Teacher: one cooking with fish, and one cooking with vegetables.
  • A stall at their local street market to sell their fruit and veg in July.
  • Horticulture session
    Horticulture session
  • Cooking masterclass
    Cooking masterclass
  • Market Day
    Market Day
  • Market Day
    Market Day

“I’d say I’m actually quite good at selling stuff.”
- Year 8 student, Enfield Grammar School

“The garden has benefitted all the children, not just those doing Know your Onions. All the students can engage with it in different ways, and enjoy the sensory aspect of it through taste, touch and smell. They also get to experience food in a new way by seeing where it comes from, picking it and tasting it.”
- Teacher, Durants School

Know your Onions in the press

Camden New Journal, Inside Croydon, Enfield Dispatch, Enfield Independent, Waltham Forest Echo, Guardian Series, Hackney Citizen, This is Local London