Countdown is commencing

Helen Carey - 18 September 2011

This week (Wednesday to be precise) saw a five week count down to the first schools farmers market. I spent the day with with 40 year 5 children from Sebright Primary School in Hackney who have been assigned the job of 'market planners' for their first market – due to take place on 20th October. In fact work is already well under way with each year group set to have their own stall.

The line up so far looks like this: Reception are going to make organic chocolate and bread rolls – to be eaten with Year 1's homemade soup. Year 2 are are making biscuits, Year 3 soap, Year 4 Herbs grown at school and Year 5 candles. Plus plenty of cakes of course to be served with teas and coffees. So, together with the six or seven stalls from local farmers/food producers, Sebright farmers' market promises to be a great event. The Year 5 children – 15 of whom went on the farm trip last term – will be responsible for advertising and publicising the market, assisting stall holders in setting up on the day, collecting stall fees, plus any other jobs that arise... Roll up roll up customers! Get the date in your diaries.

Thursday was selection day for pupils from Millfields School – to go on their farm visit in early October. Not long to go. Next week I will be holding a meeting for the parents of the children who are going on the farm trip to go through the itinerary and kit list and answer any of their questions.

And next Monday I will be joining pupils from Poplar Primary School in Merton at their first preserve making session (using ingredients from their school garden) preparation for market day on 18th October. More about this to follow next week...

Helen is the London Schools Farmers' Market Co-ordinator at the Soil Association, and works on a project called Farm Academy, which is all about connecting pupils to where their food comes from via residential visits to organic farms and the setting up and running of schools farmers markets. It is now working with five schools. She'll be reporting on how the schools are getting on preparing to run their first markets.

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