It’s been hard to work out how to engage younger children (year 2 & 3) with the growing cycle. It takes so long for produce to reach harvestable size, the children I planted it with have often left the gardening club by the time a crop is ready.
Last week we gathered what was ready on a dark and blustery day and sold it to parents at going home time in the playground. The world’s smallest brussel sprouts became a bit of a marketing ploy and as an unsellable item the kids handed them out to each other like sweets while we flogged undersized radishes, pumpkins, red cabbage and growing pots of spicy salad (rocket, mizuna and mibuna) alongside pots of nasturtium pesto I’d made from Alex Collings’ recipe which can be found at the link below.
The act of touting, selling and collecting money for the produce really made an impression on them and we discussed how we were going to spend the money made next term. Giving them this goal was very positive if a little consumerist!