On Thursday 11th October, children from the Gardening Club at St. Mary Magdalene C. of E. Primary School in Peckham, south London, joined several other schools at Borough Market. All the schools had brought produce to sell to raise money for the charity FareShare.
FareShare tackles food poverty and food waste in the UK by taking surplus food and drink and redistributing it to people in need. The Harvest Sale at Borough market had been organised by London charity School Food Matters, and St. Mary’s was one of 10 Southwark schools piloting the project for the first time.
Earlier in the year we were given a selection of seeds by Garden Organic and the Gardening Club had been cultivating the vegetables sown ready for the big day. All the children brimmed with enthusiasm and excitedly shouted their wares in true costermonger style. The excitement ratcheted higher, not at the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Southwark, Cllr. Abdul Mohammed, though that was excitement enough, but by the appearance of Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins. He was present to judge which school had had the most produce. Sadly, that was not St. Mary’s Gardening Club, although they did get their pictures taken with the man.
In less than two hours, and with a near empty stall, the project had raised £193.50 for FareShare.
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