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Market stall for green-fingered pupils

Primary school children will be selling their home-grown veg alongside top organic producers after being given a pitch at a top London market.

Pupils from six primary schools in the Clapham area will sell their produce at the Venn Street Market from July as part of a project called the Clapham Leaf Club.

Herve Buisson, 48, manager of the gardening club at participating school Lark Hall Primary, said: “We are lucky here because we have a huge vegetable plot. The children already sell fresh eggs and pumpkins to parents.

“But we will be bagging up rosemary and are thinking of growing bay trees to sell at the market, and lots of berries – we have thousands of strawberries.

“The children love having the plot and the greenhouses. A lot of them live on the neighbouring estates and are lucky if they have a window box at home.”

The school also has rabbits, guinea-pigs and ducks.

Clapham Leaf Club founder and Venn Street Market organiser Kate Greening said she hoped more schools would get involved.

She added: “The schools that are taking part have all shown real commitment to helping children understand where their food comes from and linking their food-growing activities to parts of the curriculum like science, maths and marketing.”

Other schools in the project are: Allen Edwards in Studley Road; Clapham Manor in Belmont Road; Heathbrook in St Rule Street; Macaulay C of E in Victoria Rise; and St Mary’s RC in Crescent Lane. All the money raised from the market stall will go to the schools.

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