Kingstanding school farmers market enterprise project goes from strength to strength

Year 5 children from Twickenham Primary School in Kingstanding are making great progress with their social enterprise scheme working with the Diggin’ Generations local food project. Pupils have set up their own business selling fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and store cupboard essentials to local people. A new fruit and vegetable box scheme is now run from the school from a new onsite shop. 

The May Fayre Farmers Market event takes place on Monday 21st May at Twickenham Primary School, Twickenham Road, Kingstanding, B44 0NR in the nursery playground from 2pm-4pm. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

Year 5 pupils will be launching their new range of healthy ‘Ready to Cook’ meal kits and selling their popular ‘5 a day fruit bags’ containing five fresh fruits for only £1. The children run all aspects of their business from inventing new products to calculating profit margins! They will be helping to run the Farmers Market too.

Other stalls at the event will include a range of local produce including handmade bread from ‘Ubuntu’, local fruit juice from ‘Urban Harvest’, jams, pickles and baked goods from ‘Court Lane Allotments’ and fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and store cupboard essentials sold by the pupils. The stalls all focus on fresh local produce that is affordable for all.

Crafty parents will also be selling their handmade goods in a new craft area at the market, which will include handmade bags and cards.

There will also be the chance to make a May flower headdress or garland and to see the new community garden, just as things begin to get growing.

The farmers market is just one part of an innovative two year programme called “Diggin’ Generations” which aims to get Kingstanding families growing, cooking and eating their own healthy food. A new community garden and kitchen are hosting growing and cooking workshops alongside the enterprise elements of the project.

Eleanor Hoad Social Enterprise project worker for Forest Schools Birmingham said; “This is our 3rd Farmers Market at the school and our social enterprise is moving from strength to strength, pupils are growing in confidence and skills and our new fruit and vegetable box scheme has proved popular. Its great to be able to provide the local community with high quality, affordable fruit and vegetables.”

To get involved in the project or for more information call Forest Schools Birmingham on 08456 34 05 56.