Young Marketeers

Through our national Young Marketeers programmes primary school pupils learn about local and environmental impacts of food surplus, grow their own vegetables, engage in food marketing education, and sell their harvests.

What is the School Food Matters Young Marketeers Programme?  

Young Marketeers is a food education programme that gives pupils an opportunity to explore food production, growing, and sales. During each programme, our expert gardeners, chefs, and programme leads deliver a series of four or five sessions to pupils. The sessions focus on:  

  • educating pupils on local and national food production and waste  
  • teaching pupils how to grow and harvest their own foods  
  • sharing best practices and marketing tips on how to sell produce in local markets 

Pupils will have a chance to interact in discussions through educational assembly sessions, get their hands in the soil through gardening and seed sowing sessions, indulge their creativity through marketing sessions, and manage a market stall at their local street market. The programme culminates in a lovely market day sale where pupils have a chance to sell the produce they grew in their school gardens. Because all proceeds from the sales go to local food waste and redistribution charities, this is also an opportunity for pupils to understand the power of community engagement in reducing our environmental impact. 

  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale - Cllr Sunil Chopra
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale - Cllr Sunil Chopra
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
  • Young Marketeers Harvest Sale
    Young Marketeers Harvest Sale

Where does SFM deliver Young Marketeers Programmes? 

We deliver Young Marketeers Programmes across the England! You can find our programmes in Leicester, Bedford, Manchester, Gloucestershire, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, central London and Barking and Dagenham.  

Can I attend a seasonal sale?  

Yes! Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or Facebook to receive information on when and where to find our Market Day Sales. These sales happen during summer and winter seasons.  

How are Young Marketeers programmes funded?  

This programme is dependent on the generous support of local businesses, trusts, and foundations England. If you would like to become a partner and bring outdoor learning and memorable experiences to schools in your community, please contact our Development Manager Dela Foster at dela@schoolfoodmatters.org

How can our school get involved in Young Marketeers programmes?  

We normally recruit schools between January and March. Please email  ensuiries@schoolfoodmatters.org if you are interested in bringing Young Marketeers to your school.  

If you are unable to participate in the Young Marketeers programme or are simply interested in accessing additional resources for your school, then visit our school resources hub: School Resources Hub. 

"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 Felix Project charity. Fundraising and helping towards fighting hunger and tackling food waste have been valuable experiences for our students.

- Teacher, London 

Need help setting up your school garden?

Check out our dedicated gardening resources page