Teenagers raise hundreds selling school-grown produce

Thirty Leyton teenagers got to experience the morning rush at Walthamstow Market
By Waltham Forest Echo

Students selling produce yesterday morning (credit: School Food Matters)
Students selling produce yesterday morning (credit: School Food Matters)

Leyton students moonlighted as market traders this week and raised hundreds of pounds selling fruit and vegetables they grew at school.

Thirty children from Norlington School, The Lammas School and Belmont Park ran a stall at Walthamstow Market yesterday morning, raising a total of £376.

They took part in the “Know your Onions” run by charity School Food Matters, now in its fifth year, which teaches teenagers how to grow and cook food to promote an interest in health eating and nature.

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Dela Foster, from School Food Matters, said: “Teenagers can be initially confused about why they should learn about food growing and cooking.

“For many, visiting a farm is the moment when they see why this is important and, when they taste the amazingly fragrant, spicy dishes they have created with vegetables, they start to understand the fun.    

 ”Finally, market day gives them this incredible opportunity to interact with the public and see the value their community places on home-grown veg.” 

The money raised will be reinvested back into their school budgets.

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