Pupils hold own farmers market

Manifold Primary farmers market, veg plants grown in the school, Victoria Astle Charlotte Critchlow and Elanor and Allen Humphrey
Manifold Primary farmers market, veg plants grown in the school, Victoria Astle Charlotte Critchlow and Elanor and Allen Humphrey

Entrepreneurial Buxton pupils held their own farmers’ market in the playground on Friday to showcase school produce.

The children, from Manifold C of E (VC) Primary School, in Warslow, sold school-grown or school-made food, drink and plants as well as those from local farmers.

Manifold Primary farmers market, veg plants grown in the school, Victoria Astle Charlotte Critchlow and Elanor and Allen Humphrey

Manifold Primary farmers market, veg plants grown in the school, Victoria Astle Charlotte Critchlow and Elanor and Allen Humphrey

The project, funded by the Peak District Rural Action Zone Leader programme, the Soil Association, and Mid Wales Food and Land Trust, is hoped to teach pupils enterprise skills as well as about food and farming.

Money raised from producer stall fees and the sale of produce made/grown by the school will go towards further farm visits or food education and environmental projects.

Jean Fletcher, head teacher, said: “The scheme is really important to help pupils realise where their food comes from and develop new business enterprise skills.

“Through running of school farmers markets, the pupils become champions for helping promote healthy eating in the wider community.”

Manifold Primary farmers market, William Tagg and Lewis Poyser helping out on the stall of Brock and Morten Derbyshire rape seed oil

Manifold Primary farmers market, William Tagg and Lewis Poyser helping out on the stall of Brock and Morten Derbyshire rape seed oil

Rupert Aker, head of learning at the Soil Association, said: “School farmers’ markets are a fantastic opportunity because everyone involved benefits.

“You see a real difference in pupils as they learn ‘on-the-job’ about farming, animal welfare, food growing, cooking and business enterprise – but it also helps provide a new market for local producers and micro- food enterprises; and it also gives the local community the opportunity to buy affordable and fresh local produce, and meet the farmers who are producing the food.”

Manifold Primary farmers market, the student council ran a water stall as part of their fund raising for Water Aid

Manifold Primary farmers market, the student council ran a water stall as part of their fund raising for Water Aid

Manifold Primary farmers market, Barney Richardson was helping his father Neil with his friends Jack Turner and Milan Grindy

Manifold Primary farmers market, Barney Richardson was helping his father Neil with his friends Jack Turner and Milan Grindy