Markets offer excellent educational value and implementing this resource will fulfil many of the social goals of your market.
Markets have the capacity to be a part of many aspects of community life; a fact often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of a retail environment. All over the country markets are finding innovative ways to educate the communities they serve that can have an impact in, but not limited to, the areas on the following page.
Packaging and waste
Exercise and fitness
Farming and food production
Entrepreneurship Within the traditional retail market environment, including farmers’ markets, we are seeing educational opportunities with demonstration kitchens, a ‘meet the producer’ ethos and an invitation to local organisations, often under subsidised or free terms, to come onto the market to share knowledge.
The Clapham Leaf Club
Clapham Leaf Club is a project designed to enable pupils of the Clapham and Larkhall Collaborative primary schools in South London in food production.
The project was initiated by Venn Street Market, a weekly Saturday fresh food produce market, providing seasonal produce available from small independent growers and artisan producers. Helping children learn all aspects of growing their own food, from preparing the soil using organic matter, to sowing seeds and culturing their crops, the Clapham Leaf Club then invites the children onto the market to sell harvested fruit and vegetables at the Market every year in July.
The Leaf Club benefits from the market donating volunteer time to help the children with their gardening. Stall layout tips and recipes for anything from chocolate and beetroot brownies are also provided, with the market working closely to ensure the project ties in with the national curriculum.