Joanne McCartney AM celebrates Haringey’s food growing pupils at City Hall

School children from Rokesly Junior School visited City Hall last week to celebrate food growing schools in London. Rokesly Junior School, who were welcomed by Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, took home a prize for the most enterprising product with their pumpkin chutney and marmalade. The Schools Marketplace at City Hall is in its fourth year and enables school children across London to sell produce that they have grown at school.

The celebration event opened by Joanne McCartney AM took place on the 13th October and welcomed 15 London schools to showcase and sell produce that pupils had grown themselves. Growing produce to eat and sell is designed to allow pupils to develop creative entrepreneurial abilities and learn important skills in gardening and healthy eating. This is the fourth time that City Hall has hosted the Schools Marketplace and is part of the Mayor of London’s food programme.

The Food Growing Schools London (FGSL) project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Mayor of London, and aims to get every school in London growing their own food. FGSL provide the expertise, information and support to help them do so.

The Mayor of London supports a wide range of food growing projects to change the food environment and make healthy eating the norm. In addition to FGSL, the Mayor supports Capital Growth, a network of over 2,500 food growing spaces making it one of the largest city-wide food growing networks in the capital.

Local Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“I was really pleased to open the Food Growing Schools London celebration event and to welcome local Haringey pupils to my place of work. The pupils showcased some excellent produce and it is great to see young people growing their own food and developing their entrepreneurial skills. I am incredibly proud that Rokesly School won the prize for the most enterprising product.

“It’s important that we do all we can to help children develop healthy eating habits at a young age and growing your own fruit and veg is a great way of doing this.

“I urge all schools to get involved in food growing as an enjoyable way to teach the benefits of healthy eating and entrepreneurial skills to develop London’s next generation of businesses leaders.”

A spokesperson for Rokesly Junior School said:

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to attend the Schools Marketplace at City Hall last week. The children had a great time, not just with selling the produce but with meeting lots of different people and having the opportunity to show off their knowledge of gardening at junior gardeners question time.

“We are very proud of our children for winning the prize for the most enterprising product with their pumpkin chutney and marmalade. Growing produce is a great way to get children involved in healthy eating and learning about gardening and businesses.”