Monday, 14 February 2011 16:59
Soil Association announces new exciting two year project involving 10 London schools (both primary and secondary).
The schools will firstly go on residential visits (3 nights) to organic farms where they will take part in a variety of activities that will develop their educational awareness around food and farming. On their return to school the pupils will be encouraged and supported in setting up school farmers markets in the school hall or playground.
The school farmers’ markets are becoming increasingly popular, providing educational experiences, community cohesion and an income stream for schools from selling coffee, cakes and produce from the school grounds. They are usually held on a termly basis, attracting farmers and small scale food producers as well as providing the opportunity for members of the school and wider community to buy local, fresh and seasonal produce.
Schools taking part in the project need to sign up to the Food For Life Partnership (FFLP) and have the Bronze Catering Mark for their school dinner provision and also demonstrate an active interest in food growing and cooking.
The first round of schools are being recruited now and will be going on the farm visits in the summer and autumn terms 2011. A bursary of £2000 is available towards the funding of each farm visit. Their first farmers markets will be held in the October and December respectively.
Please contact Helen Carey to find out more:
020 7837 2250