Pupils take part in innovative scheme

Pupils at Dove Holes Primary School are set to take part in an innovative new project.

On April 16, the school are holding a farmers market as part of a project funded by the Peak District Rural Action Zone Leader programme, the Soil Association, and Mid Wales Food and Land Trust, who are working with nine schools across the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands to set up farmers’ markets in the school hall or playground – organised entirely by pupils.

In the classroom, pupils are applying their enterprise skills to establish regular markets and selling their own school-grown/made produce as well as that from local producers.

Jenny Allin, headteacher at the school, 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.”

The pupils are involved in the markets from start to finish. Money raised from producer stall fees and the sale of produce made/grown by the schools will go towards further farm visits or food education and environmental projects in their school.