Clapham Leaf Club 6
Clapham Leaf Club 6 Blog:
What a fabulous turnout we had in July this year.. There was more produce grown and sold from each school than ever before. Well done to all of you who took part – we can’t wait to start again in January!!
Thank you to Allen Edwards, Clapham Manor Primary, Heathbrook and Macaulay CE Primary Schools for taking part in this year’s Clapham Leaf Club – it was a spectacular turnout!
Each school spent the Spring and Summer terms in 2015 growing produce and flowers from seed to harvest. Each year the market invites the schools to sell their produce and recipes to Venn Street Market’s customers. 2015 saw the stalls brimming with hanging baskets, fresh lettuces, potatoes, radishes, tomatoes and beans.
Here are a few photos from this year’s Grand Finale.. Well done everyone involved..
Pupils of the Clapham & Larkhall Collaborative started planning and sowing seeds when the frost was still biting and together have grown an amazing variety of produce and flowers. Along this journey they’ve been learning about food and where it comes from and what we can achieve by growing our own. Pupils from Clapham Manor Primary School produced fine foods from their harvest including beetroot brownies, fresh pasta and pea pesto, and all sold out early!
In July 2014, the local schools taking a stall at the market were Clapham Manor Primary and Larkhall Primary Schools – both spent the last two terms preparing their soil and planting seeds to grow fabulous plants and foods to harvest and sell at the market.
Each school took on different ideas of what to grow and what to sell at the market eg Clapham Manor Primary grew peas and beans to make delicious pea pesto and fresh eggsellent pasta! Larkhall Primary have a chicken and goose pen at their school, so fresh eggs were available as well as raspberry jam cakes made from berries grown in their allotment and beautiful cascading hanging flower baskets.
Last year’s Grand Finale saw Allen Edwards Primary School excel with a specialist potato stall selling out in time for ice-cream! The pupils from Clapham Manor Primary School made scrumptious Chocolate Beetroot Brownies (with the huge help from Sylvain Jamois aka Undercover Kitchen) from the produce grown at School, and Larkhall Primary School sold a variety of summer flowers and hanging baskets – stunning! With record breaking sums, with the help from our generous customers, all schools made a significant profit which will go back towards each schools’ activities programme. Well done everyone involved!!
Since March 2013, all participating schools had been working hard growing produce to sell at the market replanting seedlings, nurturing, feeding and harvesting their foods for the special event in July. Thanks to everyone who took part and helped make this event so successful!
In November 2011 the Clapham Leaf Club held it’s first session at Eden Community Gardens with Fiona Law, Master Gardener, who has very kindly offered to advise the Club on the different ways to set up each school’s allotment or garden space which they’ll use to grow their produce to be sold at Venn Street Market in July 2012.
The first session focused on organic soil, compost and mulch and this January we’ll be planning for the growing year! We’ll be visiting Larkhall Primary who have their very own chicken pen with plenty of eggs to go around…
Grand Finale: Saturday 14th July 2012 at Venn Street Market
Well done to all five local primary schools who took part at the Market on Saturday 14th July. They are: Allen Edwards, Clapham Manor, Heathbrook, Larkhall and Macaulay Primary Schools.. It was a brilliant and colourful market thanks to you..
Allen Edwards and the wiggly worms!
At Allen Edwards, we have been meeting once a week on Mondays at after school club to work in the Secret Garden and grow an array of flowers, vegetable and herbs. Not having the best weather in the world and some pesky foxes, has meant that some things haven’t been as successful as we hoped…
We are now up to our ears with salad leaves, potatoes, onions and a few tomato plants. Lots of herbs and peas are coming along too. The children work in two’s or threes and are keen gardeners and appreciate the small insects that we look at – wiggly worms and slimey snails mostly! They are most enthusiastic about watering the garden and are very gentle towards the plants. Hurray for the Allen Edwards young gardeners!
Growing Green at Eden
The kids from Growing Green at Clapham Manor Primary have made a start on their raised beds at Eden Community Gardens, SW4.
All pupils from Clapham Manor Primary will receive a bag of organic soil and some seeds to plant over the Easter holidays. Once the plant has grown, they will replant their plant in the newly weeded raised beds at Eden! We hope all the kids will take part – if they do you can buy their seasonal fruit and vegetables at the Market in July..
Visit to Larkhall Primary
Clapham Leaf Club held its second session at Larkhall Primary School looking at the guinea pig and rabbit pens enjoyed by the nursery school and its chicken pen at the primary school. All the waste is recycled – school dinners and chicken waste are both put to good use… Having been given all the groundwork in planning for this year’s harvest – now we can begin planting.. Looking forward to our next meet in March..