Farmers’ market at Matlock school

A SCHOOL is hosting a farmers’ market organised entirely by pupils.

Brassington CE Primary School in Brassington, Matlock will hold the event on Friday March 1 as part of an exciting new project in the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands.

Headteacher Rachel Bolton 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 project, funded by the Peak District Rural Action Zone Leader programme, the Soil Association, and Mid Wales Food and Land Trust, is working with nine schools to set up farmers’ markets.

Pupils apply enterprise skills to establish regular markets – selling their own school-grown or home-made produce as well as that from local producers.

The programme also helps support small local producers and the community meet the workers who create food.

Money raised will go towards further farm visits or food education and environmental projects in school.